IPS superintendent discusses new strategies during first-ever State of the District address

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Aleesia Johnson addressed what’s next for the district on Wednesday night at Shortridge High School.

The first State of the District address comes in Johnson’s first year as superintendent.

The district says the meeting was a way to celebrate success, discuss growth, and discuss the district’s future.

“We’ve launched six new strategic priorities for the year,” Johnson said. “We want to make sure that our broader community is aware of what we’re focused on as we do our work moving forward.”

Johnson says the strategies have been discussed at board meetings and are posted online, but they want to engage the broader community as they move from a one-year plan to a multi-year plan.

The theme of the address was “Stronger Together.”

Johnson says they not only want students and parents to be involved, but also alumni and community partners.

“We’re excited to talk about the work we’re doing, but also invite folks to continue to collaborate and work with the district with this belief that it takes a village, it takes all of us to be successful,” Johnson said.

The meeting was part of IPS Week which includes daily ways to celebrate principals, alumni, and public education

This year, IPS also partnered with IndyGo to encourage high school students to take public transportation.

They implemented 52 million dollars in safety upgrades.

The district also received a grant for more than a half million dollars to increase student and family economic mobility. 

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