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Indy Public Schools chief retiring April 5

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 12:01 am

INDIANAPOLIS — The embattled superintendent of the Indianapolis Public Schools says he's retiring from the state's largest school system April 5.

Eugene White, who served as Wayne High School's principal in the late 1980s, announced the move to the IPS board Tuesday night.

The state took over control of three IPS high schools and one middle school this year and turned them over to private operators after years of poor student performance.

White's standing with the IPS board took a hit with the recent retirement of two longtime backers and the November election defeat of a third. The new board members took office last week.

White was a principal at Wayne in Fort Wayne Community Schools and at Indianapolis North Central High School before becoming superintendent of the Washington Township schools in 1994. He moved to IPS in 2005.