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Millard House, who has been Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ chief operating officer for just under a year, is one of three finalists for superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools.

He’s one of two from the Carolinas: Lewis Ferebee, chief of staff for Durham Public Schools, is also on the short list. House, Ferebee and Thomas Darden, executive director of New York Schools for ASPIRA Inc., will meet the public Thursday.

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison hired House from Tulsa, Okla., shortly after Morrison became superintendent in July 2012. Before that he spent almost two decades in education in Tulsa, Okla., where he was deputy superintendent.

Morrison said Tuesday he knew House might not stay in CMS long because he has a high national profile.

Indianapolis Public Schools, which is not a countywide district, has about 33,000 students, much smaller than the 141,000 in CMS last year.

The Indianapolis school board has announced it could choose a superintendent as early as Saturday, after the three finalists make the rounds.

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