IPS District 5 commissioner announces resignation

LaNier Echols (Photo courtesy of MyIPS.com)

LaNier Echols (Photo courtesy of MyIPS.com)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The commissioner for Indianapolis Public Schools’ District 5 announced her resignation Monday.

LaNier Echols has been with the district since 2014. She issued the following statement regarding her resignation:

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.

IPS Superintendent Lewis D. Ferebee said the district has been fortunate to have her as commissioner.

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

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 mulhollandz@myips.org.

Echols’ seat was not up for re-election this year.

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