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IPS Responds to Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce’s Call to Dramatically Reduce the Operating Referendum

(July 11, 2018) Indianapolis Public Schools remains steadfast in its pursuit of additional funding through a public ballot initiative for the November general election. We continue to engage the community and stakeholders throughout the City. One such stakeholder is the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. Today, it released its analysis of the district’s fiscal situation and recommendations for how we should proceed with regard to an operating referendum.

 

IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee released the following statement in response to the report:

 

"The District has been fully engaged in the operational analysis being conducted by the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. We are grateful for the Chamber’s time and effort to produce this analysis of the District’s financial situation and their suggestions and recommendations for changes. However, we have some significant concerns with some of those recommendations:  The call to close a devastating number of our schools in some of Indianapolis’ most challenged neighborhoods with very little public process is concerning. In addition to raising teacher compensation each year over the past three years, IPS has realized millions in savings through the sale of unneeded properties, right-sized our number of high schools and made a 30 percent cut in non-classroom personnel over the last few years.  We look forward to working constructively with the Chamber’s team over the next several days as we work towards an agreed upon referendum amount and IPS is committed to further action to reduce unnecessary expenditures.  We believe, however, that a responsible referendum request cannot be anchored solely in revenue from cost savings that to this point are on paper only."

 

There are two opportunities coming up for the community to learn more about the district’s efforts. First, there’s a community conversation on Monday, July 16 at 6pm, hosted by New Era Church located at 517 W. 30th St. Second, the IPS Board of School Commissioners will hold a public hearing where the Administration will share its recommendations on the operating referendum on Tuesday, July 17 at 6pm, at the John Morton-Finney Center for Educational Services located at 120 E. Walnut St. 

 

You can also visit this page on our website at www.myips.org/learnmore.