The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School
Commissioners is searching for the next member of the district’s governing
body. Caitlin Hannon has resigned from the Board as she takes on an exciting opportunity
with a fellowship for the Mind Trust, developing a nonprofit organization in
the hopes of creating a universal school enrollment program for Indianapolis
students.

“I have been honored to serve the scholars and families of our city
over the past several years, and I am sad to leave the Board of Commissioners,”
Hannon said. “This new venture will allow me to work even more closely with
families to help them navigate the school selection and enrollment process. I
am thrilled to work to empower parents with better information and to simplify
the system for families.”

“We are grateful to Caitlin for her service on the IPS
Board,” said President Diane Arnold. “We now look ahead to filling her seat and
continuing with the momentum we’ve had over the past years and months. I’m
confident Caitlin will continue to do good work for families in Indianapolis.”

The Board is now accepting resumes and cover letters from
prospective candidates to serve as Commissioner for District 1. According to
Indiana law, the vacancy must be temporarily filled within 30 days of
Commissioner Hannon’s resignation. Commissioners have adopted the following
process to ensure the selection is made by the deadline:

  • The deadline to have had resumes submitted was Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 5:00 p.m
  • All qualified candidates’ materials will be sent to commissioners for review.
  • The Board will hold an executive session on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 to identify three final candidates. 
  • Public interviews of the final three candidates will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 5:30-8 p.m. in the IPS board room. Interested candidates should ensure they are available on this evening for a public interview.
  • The commissioners will vote for the new member at its regularly scheduled public meeting on Thursday, August 27, 2015.  To be appointed, a candidate must receive four votes.
  • The appointed
    commissioner will only serve until a successor is qualified and elected
    during the next regular Board election in November 2016.

Current employees
of Indianapolis Public Schools are not eligible to serve on the Board of
Commissioners; candidates serving in an elected or appointed office in the city
of Indianapolis are also ineligible. Interested candidates must have lived
within the District 1 boundaries for at least one year. A map of District 1 can
be found here.

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