IPS and K-12 and Public schools and Education & Workforce Development

Interim IPS chief says staff cuts possible

March 8, 2013

The interim superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools is taking steps to shore up the struggling district, but says she faces a "complex job" that won't bring miracles during her tenure.

Peggy Hinckley told WTHR-TV that the district could lose some staff, including teachers, because thousands of students have left the district in recent years.

IPS faces a $30 million deficit in its general fund and a $10 million transportation fund shortfall.

Hinckley says she has revised a proposal for full-day preschool to cut nearly $1 million in transportation costs as part of a district-wide reorganization that is under way.

Hinckley, a former superintendent in Indianapolis' Warren Township schools, will lead the IPS district while the school board seeks a permanent replacement for Eugene White, who announced his retirement in January.

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