IPS chief White goes public with plan to retire in April

The embattled superintendent of the Indianapolis Public Schools says he's retiring from the state's largest school system on April 5.

Eugene White, 65, announced the move to the IPS board Tuesday night.

IBJ reported earlier Tuesday that White was planning to leave the job.

The board will pay White about $800,000 for the remainder of his contract, which runs through 2015, Fox59 reported.

The state took over control of three IPS high schools and one middle school this year and turned them over to private operators after years of poor student performance.

White's standing with the IPS board took a hit with the recent retirement of two longtime backers and the November election defeat of a third. The new board members took office last week.

White was a principal at Fort Wayne Wayne and Indianapolis North Central high schools before becoming superintendent of the Washington Township schools in 1994. He moved to IPS in 2005.

“Eugene White’s tenure as IPS Superintendent was a time of many challenges and successes," Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said in  prepared statement. "I appreciate his service to our community and look forward to a continued strong relationship with IPS as we work to advance the educational needs of our children in Indianapolis.”

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