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INDIANAPOLIS — Students at Pike Township Schools have a new superintendent.

The Pike Township school board voted on Thursday to appoint an interim superintendent as they push to part ways with current superintendent Flora Reichanadter. The decision was the result of a petition circulated online.

The petition gathered over 2,900 signatures calling for her resignation. Reichanadter has been engulfed in much turmoil within the district between on and off again virtual learning days because of COVID staffing shortages and an ongoing dispute with bus drivers over pay.

Pike Township said on social media: “Board counsel is in discussion with Superintendent Reichanadter’s counsel regarding an amicable separation between the superintendent and the MSD of Pike Township. This evening, Dr. Larry Young was approved as the interim superintendent for the remainder of the school year.”

It’s a promotion for Young as he was assistant superintendent of operations for the district. He had been a candidate for superintendent in 2019 when Indianapolis Public Schools was looking for a new person to lead the district.

That job ultimately went to Dr. Alessia Johnson.

With Young installed as interim superintendent, the board also voted to begin immediately on finding a permanent replacement for Reichanadter.

At a Thursday night meeting, the board members said they plan to begin the search for a permanent superintendent immediately.