No matter what project our Indianapolis Public Schools governance team is tackling, their first thoughts are always with our students. That’s why the listening tour was such an important part of their first year with us. Dr. Ferebee and his leadership team wanted to learn first-hand what matters most to our students.

“I still remember being the first reporter to interview Dr. Ferebee, a year ago,” said October Kneiss, Cannon Multimedia editor-in-chief at Arsenal Technical High School. “He was calm and collected and meant business, but I sensed he cared about our opinions. Now a year later, I can tell there is more ease in the administration and in the classrooms. Things are running more smoothly.”

The free meal program is a big hit with our students as well. The IPS administration worked to secure funding to provide free breakfast, lunch and a healthy snack to every IPS student. Students don’t have to worry about paying, and the lunchtime routine has been streamlined. Some students noted they have more time to eat and enjoy their meals now!

Dr. Ferebee’s responsibilities keep him busy, but students really appreciate the time he takes to interact with them. He’s active on Twitter, and he has a direct email for student questions and concerns. Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities student Jewel Chestine said Dr. Ferebee made a great first impression when he came out to observe a TeenWorks community project. “He talked to us and was friendly. He took pictures with us too,” she noted. We’re delighted to see our students’ support of the new IPS leadership!