Indianapolis Public Schools’ District 5
Commissioner LaNier Echols has announced her resignation from the Board of
School Commissioners. Commissioner Echols has served the constituents of the
northwest boundary of our district since 2014. She issued the following
statement on Monday, November 7:

“It is with sadness that I leave a role where we
have worked hard to ensure that every child had access to an excellent
education. I joined Indianapolis Public School board to serve the 33,000
children in the district but after the loss of my father and birth of my son,
the importance of family grew greater. 


I’d like to extend a huge thank you to the many
individuals, former students, colleagues and organizations that have supported
me in this effort; your support was is not taken for granted.


Lastly, it is my hope that the newly elected
board selects someone who loves children, will put children first and will keep
moving Indianapolis Public Schools in a positive direction.” 


Echols has proudly served the students, families and neighbors of our northwest
side,” said Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee. “Our district has been fortunate to have her guidance, advocacy and support, and we wish her well.”


“Commissioner Echols’ tenure on the IPS Board was
marked by a total commitment to making our students safer and our schools
stronger,” said Board President Mary Ann Sullivan. “We will miss her voice
and her leadership, but wish her the absolute best in her new endeavors. All of
us owe Commissioner Echols a note of gratitude for her service to the Board.” 


By law, the
Board of Commissioners has thirty days to fill the District 5 vacancy.
Interested candidates must reside within District 5 and should send a resume
and cover letter to the board at