Ann Arbor school board names top central administrator as interim superintendent
The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education named David Comsa the interim chief superintendent for the district Wednesday.
Comsa, who is Ann Arbor's legal counsel and deputy superintendent of human resources and legal services, will head up the district beginning in early July, after current Superintendent Patricia Green retires, until the board's search for a new permanent leader is complete.
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Board trustees and community members were able to make recommendations to Mexicotte about whom they thought would be a good short-term leader. The final candidates aside from Comsa were: Executive Director of Physical Properties Randy Trent, Mitchell Elementary School Principal Kevin Karr and Angell Elementary School Principal Gary Court.
Court, who has been a teacher or administrator in the district for 34 years, received two votes from Mexicotte and Trustee Irene Patalan. Karr received one vote from Trustee Andy Thomas, and the remaining school board members voted for Comsa.
Comsa has been employed at AAPS since 2007. Previously, he worked for Flint Community Schools in a similar human resources and legal services role.
The deadline for interested individuals to apply for the permanent superintendent position is Friday. The Board of Education will be hosting a series of four community forums on the superintendent search on June 19. At these meetings, school board trustees want to hear from local residents about what they would like to see in Ann Arbor's next superintendent as well as questions they would like the board to ask in its interview process with the final candidates.
The board intends to review applications for the position with Ray & Associates, the consulting firm hired to conduct the search, on June 26. That evening, the board will announce the semi-finalists for the position at its regular meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at the downtown Ann Arbor District Library.
Semi-finalists will visit the Ann Arbor Public Schools district for tours and interviews the week of July 7, and the week of July 14 the school board will conduct its interviews with the finalists.
Green announced her plans to retire in April. Her resignation is effective July 9.