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Posted on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 5:58 a.m.

Ann Arbor school board to discuss superintendent search

By Danielle Arndt

The Ann Arbor Board of Education will begin a discussion Wednesday on how to precede with finding a new superintendent following Patricia Green's unexpected retirement last week.


Patricia Green

Green, who started with the district about 21 months ago, turned in her resignation letter to school board President Deb Mexicotte near the end of the April 10 regular meeting, which adjourned early Thursday morning.

Green said in a statement to the community, she intends to retire this summer after a 43-year career in public education. Her resignation is effective July 9.

The board will begin to consider various elements for moving forward with its fourth superintendent search since 2002, including whether to use a search firm; whether to hire an interim superintendent; the scope of the search it would like to conduct such as national, Midwest, statewide or local; the initial qualities it should look for in a new leader; and how to engage the public in the process.

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The board also is expected to talk about whether or not Green's resignation falls within a "satisfaction guarantee" window through Ray & Associates, which is the search firm used to hire her.

A curriculum report was on the agenda for Wednesday's study session, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at Huron High School, but the report was pushed back to a later date. The board also will discuss its new committee structure Wednesday.

Prior to Green handing Mexicotte her letter of resignation at last week's meeting, the board voted to enact a five-hour time limit for regular meetings and a new subcommittee structure that eliminates the Committee of the Whole.

The subcommittees will be made up of three trustees and will be in compliance with the Open Meetings Act, meaning the meetings will be announced, open to the public and minutes will be recorded.

Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at



Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 5:41 p.m.

The city of Ann Arbor has many highly qualified professionals, Ann Arbor Public Schools has many highly qualified administrators and teachers with adequate certifications to take on this job. Looking all over the country should be our LAST act; instruct Ray & Associates to search our rolls first. Ms. Green's choice of resignation date makes me wonder: did she choose to 'stick it to Ann Arbor' by making it harder (date-wise) for Ray & Assoc. to honor their agreement? I've been disappointed in her abilities for the last two years and am not unhappy to see her go.

Debbie Harris

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 4:22 p.m.

There Are Qualified, Deserving Candidates Within Our District. The Board Owes It To Our Community, And To The Students To Look Within! We Have Principals Who Are Certified As Superintendents In All 50 States, Who Have Experience As Principal At Every Level, And Earned PhD In Education. They Have Children Who Attend AAPS. Why Must The Board Suggest Another Nationwide Search, Spend Our Tax Dollars, And Ignore The Qualifications Of Those Who Are Currently Serving This District And Our Children? Email The Board And Voice Your Concerns. Parents And Community Need to Speak Up, And Be Heard By The Board.


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 2:26 p.m.

When you elect liberals to any political office, you are going to pay more taxes. When you elect leftist President to the office, your saving will be wiped out by printing a lot of money to give to the bankers to wipe out our savings. Ann Arbor is a leftist liberal town. For 40 years, I have not seen a responsible politician gets put into office. That's the way it is. Make sure go to the polling booth next time when they have another millage request. Last time the school board put a millage for technology project in a single ballot, only 10% of residents voted.


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 4:31 p.m.

You have forgotten Ingrid Sheldon. She was the best mayor we had in a long time. She is also a Republican.

Danielle Arndt

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 2:01 p.m.

It wasn't included in this story, but the cost of the last search firm was $21,000. We're looking into additional search-related expenses.


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 1:57 p.m.

When Patricia Green hires in at a new district, maybe she will give the BOE a recommendation from there.


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 1:20 p.m.

"The board also is expected to talk about whether or not Green's resignation falls within a "satisfaction guarantee" window through Ray & Associates" So hasn't anyone talked to Ray & Associates about that already? That would seem to be the first logical step. Which probably explains why they are going to discuss it amongst themselves first.

Danielle Arndt

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 2:07 p.m.

Brad, when I spoke with Deb Mexicotte last week, she indicated the district's legal counsel, David Comsa, was working on this aspect. I asked her for this story whether there had been any determination made yet on the guarantee and she said she plans to share that at tonight's meeting. So I believe we will get our answers on this subject tonight.


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 11:56 a.m.

We need to hire another superintendent who understands the core values of a meaningful paradigm shift, utilizing forward thinking modalities inherent to a regressive grading system, thus enabling spot means testing regarding trend analysis.


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 12:33 p.m.

Yes, we have been suffering from a synergy gap.


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 12:24 p.m.


Usual Suspect

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 12:18 p.m.

You forgot, "synergy."

Homeland Conspiracy

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 11:39 a.m.

Time to hire some consultants @ $1000.00 per hour


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 11:37 a.m.

This board needs to wake up and stop spending money that could go to the classroom. Hire Scott Graden from Saline.

Blazingly Busy

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 3:40 p.m.

Brad, I am curious, what are the arguments against saying the pledge every morning?


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 12:33 p.m.

Won't he want everybody to recite the pledge every morning?

Wake Up A2

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 11:16 a.m.

This is going to cost more money then it's worth. Lets see, Annul budget for high school teachers supplies: 9k per subject.....Finding a new super..... 50k or more....... 5+ years worth of some classes...... Looks like more fundraisers.....