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Posted on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 : 11:17 a.m.

Ann Arbor schools superintendent candidates will be interviewed at Marriott hotel next week

By Kyle Feldscher

The Ann Arbor school board will interview the six candidates for superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools next week at the Courtyard Marriott, 3205 Boardwalk Drive.

The interviews will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The interviews are open to the public, but the public will not be able to participate. The public will get a chance to ask questions of the final two or three candidates during the week of Feb. 28.

The school board chose the six candidates Wednesday from a list selected by a firm the board hired to help with the search.

The order of the interviews and the candidates will be:

  • 1-3 p.m. Tuesday — Patricia Green, superintendent of North Allegheny School District in Pennsylvania
  • 1-3 p.m. Wednesday — Manuel Rodriguez, assistant superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland
  • 3:15-5:15 Wednesday — William DeFrance, superintendent of Eaton Rapids Public Schools in Michigan.
  • 6-8 p.m. Wednesday — Shelley Redinger, superintendent of the Oregon Trail School District in Oregon.
  • 1-3 p.m. Friday — Paul Long, superintendent of the Pennsbury School District in Pennsylvania.
  • 3:15-5:15 Friday — Michael Munoz, chief academic officer of Des Moines Public Schools in Iowa.

To read bios of the candidates, click here.

Trustees plan to narrow the candidate list to two or three candidates after Munoz’s interview on Friday. Select trustees and district officials will then make site visits the following week to the finalists’ districts before coming back to Ann Arbor for a final round of interviews in a public forum.

Kyle Feldscher covers K-12 education for He can be reached at



Fri, Feb 11, 2011 : 11:12 p.m.

well diversity is certainly taken care of ALMOST

Kyle Feldscher

Fri, Feb 11, 2011 : 10:16 p.m.

I've updated the story to include a link to the Ann Arbor schools' website set up for people to read the biographies and see the photos of the superintendent candidates.

Edward Vielmetti

Fri, Feb 11, 2011 : 6:06 p.m.

Here's more about the meeting space: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> The venue has &quot;seven flexible meeting rooms, spanning 3,378 square feet of total meeting space&quot;, plenty of room for as many people who would attend.


Fri, Feb 11, 2011 : 6 p.m.

I too urge people to attend. It would have been nice to do this all in the evenings. That way more people could attend the interviews. I am pleased to see the school has plenty of money available, 3 days of a ballroom at a major hotel is several thousands of dollars. Goes with the salary increase.

Kyle Feldscher

Sat, Feb 12, 2011 : 6:52 p.m.

DonBee- I asked district spokesperson Liz Margolis how much the hotel rooms would cost the district and she told me that the district is getting free use of meeting rooms for the interviews and will be paying $540 to house five of the candidates in a room for one night each. The majority of costs will be for food for trustees, candidates and other district employees present at the interviews — food costs for three lunches and two dinners will be about $1,500. She told me all the costs have been budgeted for and does not include transportation to and from the airport, along with airfare. There are no figures available as of right now for how much those two portions of the costs may end up being.

Bertha Venation

Fri, Feb 11, 2011 : 6:40 p.m.

Yes, DonBee. I agree. Evenings would have been much better.

Bertha Venation

Fri, Feb 11, 2011 : 5:30 p.m.

Thanks for the update, Kyle. I urge people to attend.