Talks continue between Ann Arbor schools, superintendent candidate Brian Osborne
Editor's note: The amount of Brian Osborne's salary increase in his home school district has been corrected.
After being offered the superintendent position for Ann Arbor Public Schools Friday, candidate Brian Osborne is continuing to review the offer with his family and his community.
Osborne is the superintendent of the South Orange-Maplewood School District in Essex County, New Jersey. The AAPS Board of Education voted 7-0 Friday to offer him the superintendent job.
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“We’ve both committed to making a good decision as soon as possible,” Mexicotte said.
During their weekend conversation, Osborne asked questions about operations and amenities in the school district, Mexicotte said. No formal negotiations have been entered at this time.
“We expect that we’ll know in good time and will keep the public apprised when there’s any change or any discussion,” Mexicotte said.
AAPS is in the hands of interim superintendent David Comsa until a new superintendent is hired. The school board Friday approved allocating an additional $769.23 per week to Comsa’s $140,000 annual deputy superintendent paycheck for the increased demands of the role.
The school board will likely know of Osborne’s response prior to its next meeting Aug. 14, Mexicotte said.
However, should the board enter into formal negotiations with Osborne, Mexicotte said she’s not certain that finalized contract terms will be reached by the August meeting.
At the school board’s Friday meeting, some board members were interested in exploring longevity incentives for a future superintendent and were comfortable with a longer contract.
In Michigan, the maximum length of a school district superintendent’s contract is five years.
Friday, the school board did not change the salary range for the new superintendent that it had previously set at $180,000 to $220,000.
“I expect that we’ll know whether Dr. Osborne will be able to join us very shortly,” Mexicotte said.
Osborne’s home school district recently approved a salary increase from $208,000 to $220,001 based on an annual 3 percent salary increase in his contract that is awarded for "meeting expectations," according to media reports. However, his salary will be capped at the end of his contract in June 2014 at $167,500 due to a change in New Jersey laws.