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On behalf of the business community, I’m pleased to welcome Aleesia Johnson as the next Superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools.  Through her excellent record with the district, her leadership through this period of transition, and her vision for the future, she earned this opportunity to shed the ‘interim’ title and continue her work on behalf of the students and families of IPS.

Aleesia has been instrumental in the transformation of IPS into an innovative, student-centered school system that provides diverse learning experiences to match the diverse needs of the students it serves.  The academic gains of the last several years are a decisive argument for her candidacy.

She’s also been an open and collaborative leader, listening to the concerns of the community and putting students first while addressing the fiscal challenges that face IPS.  We’ve worked closely with her in our efforts to build a sustainable financial model that allows IPS to raise teacher and principal salaries and preserve classroom priorities within a balanced budget, and we’re eager to continue this partnership.

The nearly 30,000 students enrolled in IPS today are tomorrow’s workforce, Indy’s next generations of innovators, entrepreneurs and civic leaders.  Aleesia Johnson is passionate about their success, and so we all have a stake in her success as Superintendent.

We congratulate Aleesia and the IPS board on an outstanding decision, and look forward to working with her, the board, and the IPS team.

Michael Huber
President & CEO
Indy Chamber

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