Mary Ann Sullivan will lead the Indianapolis Public Schools board for the second year in a row, bringing a dose of consistency to a board that begins the term with three new members.
At the first meeting of 2017 on Monday, the seven-member board swore in three new members, Dorene Rodriguez Hoops, Elizabeth Gore and Venita Moore, and two returning members, Diane Arnold and Michael O’Connor. In a clear sign of the growing collaboration between the city—which oversees dozens of charter schools—and the school district, the members were sworn in by Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.
“The decisions you make here profoundly impact not only the students that attend IPS today but … the future of this great city,” Hogsett said. “As our city strives to always better our schools, your individual rules in that effort are critically important to the long-term health and well-being of this city.”
The new board unanimously elected Sullivan as president, O’Connor as vice-president and Gore as secretary. Sullivan joined the board two years ago as part of a wave of members who support dramatic changes aimed at improving the lowest-performing schools.
“I will do my best to maintain the progress that we are making on so many fronts and to keep our sense of urgency,” Sullivan said. “I am very, very confident that this board is ready to provide the leadership needed to transform lives.”
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