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Report: School Board President In Georgia Wants Eugene White To Apply For Open Superintendent Job

Kyle Stokes / StateImpact Indiana

IPS superintendent Eugene White presides over a school board meeting in August.

Something to keep an eye on: The Ledger-Enquirer out of Columbus, Ga., is reporting the school board president there plans to ask Indianapolis Public Schools superintendent Eugene White to apply for her district’s vacant top job.

White is from the Columbus area and still has family there — he unsuccessfully applied for jobs in Alabama and South Carolina to, in part, move closer to them. Additionally, several school board candidates who have criticized White were elected to the IPS School Board in November.

But it’s also not clear White — current holder of Indiana’s highest-profile local school administration job — wants to even apply. After being passed over for the two jobs in March, he issued a statement saying he was staying put. White, 64, also pointed out to the Ledger-Enquirer that he’s nearing retirement.

“White wasn’t reached for comment Monday night, but he said earlier in the day that he hadn’t applied because he didn’t see the vacancy posted. He will be 65 next month and can retire now, he said. He has two years remaining on his contract in Indianapolis, where he has been since 2005, he said.

Asked if he would be interested in being superintendent in Muscogee County, White said, ‘That’s my home area, so I wouldn’t mind moving back there. … My wife has a lot of family there, and my mother still lives there.’”

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