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Posted on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 : 5:01 p.m.

Deadline for applicants to fill vacant Ann Arbor school board seat extended

By David Jesse

The Ann Arbor school district has extended its deadline for applying for a vacant school board seat as it debates whether to switch to November elections.

Anyone who wants to apply for the seat vacated by Trustee Helen Gates-Bryant, who resigned last week, has until 4 p.m. Dec. 3.

District spokeswoman Liz Margolis said in an e-mail that the board is considering moving its May elections to November general elections as a cost-saving measure. The board is expected to decide by Dec. 16.

The Ypsilanti school board also is considering moving its election cycle.

"If a decision is made to move the election, the term for the board position vacated by Helen Gates-Bryant last week will run through December 31, 2010 (new board terms would then run January 1 through December 31)," Margolis wrote.

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Dr. I. Emsayin

Wed, Nov 25, 2009 : 10:39 a.m.

We need someone like Bill Browning. Any takers?