December 7, 2016
The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners met tonight in executive session to determine the candidates who will be interviewed for the vacancy in District 5 created in early November by the resignation of former Commissioner LaNier Echols.
The Board received a total of four applications for the vacancy; Indiana statute requires that not less than three candidates to be interviewed at a public meeting. The candidates will take part in a panel interview process beginning at 6:00pm (EST) tomorrow night in the Board Room of the John Morton-Finney Center for Educational Services located at 120 E. Walnut St., Indianapolis 46204. The panel interview is open to members of the public and media. The Board will vote to appoint the new Commissioner at its regularly scheduled Agenda Review Session on Tuesday, December 13th.
The candidates for appointment as District 5 commissioner are:
  • Michael Brown – a retired Human Resource Supervisor who previously served on the IPS board for over 16 years;
  • Eugene Hawkins – a Senior Operations Manager at Praxair Surface Technologies with a background in engineering and management;
  • Dorene Rodriguez Hoops – a current IPS parent who previously served as the Vice President of Human Resources for a large nonprofit public benefit corporation.
Zach Mulholland
Board Administrator
Indianapolis Public Schools