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Three High Schools Will Close or Be Repurposed, Votes IPS Board

Superintendent says the district will do their best to preserve the legacy of the school

INDIANAPOLIS--Broad Ripple High School will close and Arlington and Northwest high schools will become middle schools, beginning in the 2018 school year.

The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of Commissioners voted 5 to 2 to take that action in a special meeting Monday evening. 

"We know that closing high school is not an easy thing. We are very sensitive to the loss," Dr. Lewis Ferebee, superintendent of IPS, told WIBC. 

"We will work with alumni in the community to preserve the legacy of any high school that is closed," he said.

The district has held 26 public meeting asking for input from people in the community on the possible school closings. Some of those meetings were held before the district recommendations were made public, and some after. 

The board did not allow for public comment Monday night.

Protesters on both sides of the issue made their viewpoints known at different points during the day.

"They should know that this is an opportunity to advance high school performance," said Ferebee, talking about the district plan to make the four remaining high schools college and career academy themed.

"We will continue to engage the community in the process of moving forward with our remaining high schools."

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