White, whose first year on the job was chronicled in The Indianapolis Star in 2007, is leaving the job mostly because of stress-related heart problems last month, he said. But he's also resigning in part because of challenges outside of his control.
For instance, White felt he had a strong team in place last school year but then had to send many of those staffers to other schools as part of the district's plan to reorganize Marshall, as federal law requires at schools that consistently fail to meet federal benchmarks.
In three years, he had four different direct supervisors and three different sets of assistant principals assigned to him. In his first year, a student was raped on her way to school; in the second year, a tornado hit the school; and this school year, a student was shot.
"That's just enough; I'm tired," he said. "The stress is getting to me. I've had some health issues. It's getting to me."
Perhaps White's biggest mistake to some was his decision to buck the Center Township gang and challenge Andre Carson for the 7th District special election slating last year. IPS Superintendent Eugene White openly aided Andre Carson's election last year, allowing him to use IPS schools to stage political events. White tells Gammill that his future plans may include a revival of his political aspirations. White might want to consider switching parties. I don't see room for his independence in the Marion County Democratic Party.