IPS superintendent talks about being proactive as a community

Dr. Lewis Ferebee (WISH Photo/DeAndre Taylor)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The man in charge of the state’s largest school district says the entire community has a role to play when it comes to making sure kids are not only productive, but good citizens.

Dr. Lewis Ferebee took a tour of Clarence Farrington Elementary School on the city’s west side on Wednesday. He told 24-Hour News 8 he’s already had conversations with Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite about working together to solve some of the community’s challenges.

He says it’s all about being more proactive.

“Unfortunately, we’ve had a case where we’ve graduated a lot of students with waivers or without the proper skills to compete in career college and often times when you have a large disproportion number of those students that don’t have those skills, you see criminal behavior,” Ferebee said. “And when you see a lot of criminal behavior and see some of the acts of violence that we’ve seen recently.”

Dr. Ferebee says the district is working towards graduating more students without waivers and increasing IPS’ graduation rate.

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