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Posted on Sat, Mar 5, 2011 : 7 p.m.

Ann Arbor school board selects Patricia Green as its next superintendent

By Kyle Feldscher

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Patricia Green speaks to community members during a public forum in Ann Arbor on Friday night.

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The Ann Arbor Board of Education selected Patricia Green as the new superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools in a vote Saturday afternoon.

Green is the current superintendent of the North Allegheny School District in Pennsylvania, where she announced she would be leaving at the end of the school year. The board voted 6-1 in favor of Green. Trustee Susan Baskett was the lone dissenting vote.

Before the vote, Green said she was looking forward to moving to Ann Arbor and becoming a part of the community. She closed her final interview by telling the board, “I’m your gal.”

Earlier in the interview, she also assured board members: “I intend to be around a long time and I’m delighted to have that opportunity. 

Green was not immediately available for comment after the meeting.

The board made the final decision after five unofficial votes with many board members changing their minds, citing the strength of the candidates.

Negotiations on a contract with Green are expected to begin shortly. Trustees set the new superintendent salary in the range of $245,000 near the beginning of the search process. Green will be getting a significant raise from her salary of about $189,000 in her current district.

The decision was the culmination of a process that started in August when former Superintendent Todd Roberts announced he was leaving the district to become chancellor of the North Carolina School of Science and Math. District administrator Robert Allen has been serving as interim superintendent since Roberts left the district in early October.

Ray & Associates, the firm hired to help trustees with the search process, received about 45 applications for the job. Board members interviewed six of those candidates in mid-February before narrowing down the choice to three candidates. The other finalists were Michael Munoz of Des Moines Public Schools in Iowa and Shelley Redinger of the Oregon Trails School District in Oregon.

Redinger withdrew her name earlier this week after taking a job as superintendent of Spotsylvania County Schools in Virginia.

Green began serving as superintendent of North Allegheny School District of May 2002 after working as acting deputy superintendent for instruction for the Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland. Green has worked in education for most of her career, serving as a teacher, principal and in a number of administrative positions.

Green holds a bachelor's of science degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in human development education and a doctorate in philosophy in education policy, planning and administration from the University of Maryland.

During her time as a superintendent in North Allegheny, Green won numerous awards.

In 2004, she was awarded the Outstanding Professional Award by the University of Maryland and was the first person to be awarded the Clarence A. Newell Distinguished Service to Public Education Award in 2008 by Maryland’s college of education.

Her most recent award, and one that she has said she holds the most dear, is the 2011 Spirit of Unity Award from the North Hills Community Outreach and the North Hills Anti-Racism Coalition for her work in diversity.

Green will be facing a steep drop in per pupil funding from what she was used to in her previous district. North Allegheny schools receive about $15,000 per student in state funding from the state of Pennsylvania — considerably more than the roughly $9,500 AAPS receives from the state of Michigan.

Coming to Ann Arbor will also be a step up in district size for Green. North Allegheny schools have about 8,000 students; Ann Arbor has about 16,500 students.

Trustee Andy Thomas said he was drawn to Green because she challenged her previous district to build upon a good foundation and become a better district. He said this was something AAPS needed.

“The idea of that was this is a pretty good district and we’re happy with what we’re doing and her perception was, ‘Yes, but you could be better,’” he said. “She was very effective at challenging people in a non-confrontational way to get people outside of their comfort zones to say this is what we need to do to make this an even better district.

“This is one of the things we in Ann Arbor really need. We are a good district, there’s no doubt about that, but we could be better.”

Green was held in great regard in North Allegheny, with every reference giving a glowing review in reference checks to the board.

Thomas said she was described as the hardest worker in the district — the first person in the building at the beginning of the day and the last one out at the end.

Green is coming to Ann Arbor from a district that is very wealthy, predominantly white and conservative, Thomas said.

Baskett said Green managed to keep good relationships with people in the district despite political differences.

“Everyone said she is very respectful,” she said. “If there were issues, they were kept confidential.”

Trustees said Green showed during her meeting with Ann Arbor community members on Friday night that she had the poise to handle the pressure of leading a district like Ann Arbor.

Although some community members said Green seemed like she gave general answers and had questions about her commitment to diversity, the majority of feedback was positive.

Julie Roth, an Ann Arbor Open School parent, attended the community forum Friday night and said Green’s personality was one of her biggest assets.

“She was warm and very engaging and was a strong leader,” Roth said.

Although funding is an issue in education across the country, trustees are wary about Green’s — and any new superintendent’s — ability to handle the budget crisis Ann Arbor finds itself in.

Trustee Christine Stead said she felt Green had the necessary leadership and experience in working with state lawmakers to help ease the budget process, but said the district’s administrative team will have to shoulder much of the burden.

“I don’t think either candidate has experienced what we’ve already experienced with budget cuts,” she said. “That expertise and skill will rely on the team sitting here, the interim superintendent (Allen) and administrative team, that’s where we’ll get our expertise. What’s distinct is her legislative leadership and I think in our near term that’s going to play a big part.”

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



Mon, Mar 7, 2011 : 9:11 p.m.

$245,000 a year? I would have taken the job for half the salary.


Mon, Mar 7, 2011 : 4:26 p.m.

@EyeHeart2: It's only "PC Garbage" when you disagree with it. You know if a male person had referred to her as "gal" there would have been a firestorm of complaints in this site.


Mon, Mar 7, 2011 : 2:28 p.m.

Seriously, she will do well!


Mon, Mar 7, 2011 : 2:25 p.m.



Mon, Mar 7, 2011 : 2:56 a.m.

It is disappointing to learn that the North Allegheny (PA) School District gets state funding of $15,000 per student and the Ann Arbor Public Schools get only $9,500.


Mon, Mar 7, 2011 : 2:05 a.m.

what do you give her 3 years?


Mon, Mar 7, 2011 : 1:31 a.m.

Learned something tonight. Apparently, if a male says "I'm your guy." it would be OK, but if a female says "I'm your gal." it's not. Odd. I need a scorecard for this PC garbage.


Sun, Mar 6, 2011 : 9:56 p.m.

Kudos to A2 Public Schools for making a great choice. North Allegheny may be a smaller district--- but it is a top performing and desirable district in the Pittsburgh suburbs. N.A. has a strong reputation, and Ms. Green will surely do well here in continuing to improve and optimize the performance of the A2 Public School system.

eric straka

Sun, Mar 6, 2011 : 7:26 p.m.

Welcome to A2 Patricia Green! You were my 6th grade teacher at Buckingham Elementary in Bowie--what a small world!! I think the board made a GREAT decision to hire you and I hope you enjoy living here. I look forward to seeing you around town.


Sun, Mar 6, 2011 : 6:20 p.m.

Since the article pointed out that Susan Baskett was the lone dissenter in casting a vote in favor of this candidate, it would have been informative to point why she casted the lone dissenting vote. If a person of the male species referred to her as "gal" there would have been all kinds of uproars about this choice of words but apparently its ok for someone we are proposing to pay a quarter of a million dollars to refer to herself as gal.


Sun, Mar 6, 2011 : 1:29 p.m.

ViSHa - I think it's less about questioning her committment to diversity, than contrasting her answers to some of those questions about engaging minority families and closing the achievement gap, with the very specific and research-based answers that Munoz gave. He has a lot of experience in this area, and was extremely specific about what he would do. She sounded very very committed, just much less specific. Nonetheless, I was really impressed by her overall presentation, and i really do think she has the potential to be a great leader here.


Sun, Mar 6, 2011 : 1:36 p.m.

thanks, that fills in some blanks. maybe some of his specifics can still be used. it's nice to hear an opinion from someone who was there (as i wasn't) :)


Sun, Mar 6, 2011 : 1:24 p.m.

So what are some of the community's concerns about her commitment to diversity? Did she not win an award for that very thing? Good luck to Ms. Green and thanks to Mr. Allan for his work this year and for hopefully making this a smooth transition. Will all the other AAPS people be going back to their prior positions? (the ones that were bumped up after Roberts resigned)?


Mon, Mar 7, 2011 : 1:10 a.m.

Gnat -- they are mutually exclusive???? Seriously???


Sun, Mar 6, 2011 : 11:28 p.m.

i completely agree with you gnat, i was just wondering why some in the crowd weren't satisfied with her "commitment to diversity".


Sun, Mar 6, 2011 : 10:59 p.m.

how about a commitment to excellence instead of diversity. The two goals are mutually exclusive and AA deserves the former. AA has been trying to close the achievement gap for several decades and spent millions with essentially no change.

John B.

Sat, Mar 5, 2011 : 11:51 p.m.

As I predicted some time ago....


Sat, Mar 5, 2011 : 11:12 p.m.

So the school board raised the supt.'s salary to the astronomical rate of a quarter of a million dollars (which is what the chancellor of New York Public Schools makes - in a district many times the size of Ann Arbor) in the hopes that we would draw one of the top national candidates, and they end up choosing someone from a district half the size of our own. This in a year when teachers teachers took a 5.5 percent hit on their salaries and we are looking at slashing programs throughout the district. I hope Ms. Green's leadership turns out to be wiser than the board's.

Steve Norton, MIPFS

Thu, Mar 10, 2011 : 2:37 a.m.

DonBee, the only group whose 3 percent contribution is on hold are direct employees of the State of Michigan. A circuit court judge just put a say on the payments for state employees, though the state government will appeal. However, none of this affects the collection of the 3% on public school teacher salaries.


Sun, Mar 6, 2011 : 3:49 a.m.

And the rich get richer..... Welcome Dr. Green. As a parent of a middle school student I will be expecting extraordinary things from you for that salary.


Sun, Mar 6, 2011 : 3:16 a.m.

2.5 percent Floyd - the 3 percent contribution to the retiree health fund is in dispute and will (90% chance) get returned with interest. The Custodians, maintenance workers, and the bus drivers took the brunt last year.


Sat, Mar 5, 2011 : 10:12 p.m.

What....Doris Hope-Jackson wasn't a canidate?


Sat, Mar 5, 2011 : 10:01 p.m.

Go Terps!


Sat, Mar 5, 2011 : 9:56 p.m.

Welcome to Ann Arbor!!! I think the search resulted in a great candidate, and I look forward to seeing what Dr. Green brings!


Sat, Mar 5, 2011 : 9:52 p.m.

I wish her all the best, and Mr. Allen the best in the next 4 months running the district. Lots and lots of work to do to be ready for this fall. Many changes to be made.

potwitically incorrect

Sat, Mar 5, 2011 : 9:25 p.m.

Welcome to Ann Arbor where "I'm your gal" is not a good start. Too many "folks" like myself here in A2.


Sat, Mar 5, 2011 : 8:44 p.m.