Ann Arbor superintendent search: School board deliberates on next district leader
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The Ann Arbor Board of Education meets at 5:30 p.m. Friday to select a new leader of the Ann Arbor Public Schools district, and AnnArbor.com is covering it live.
The board spent nearly two full days with finalists Brian Osborne of New Jersey and and Jeanice Kerr Swift of Colorado, asking them questions, showing them around the schools and most notably, watching them interact with staff, parents and community members.
Swift was in town Tuesday and Osborne Wednesday for their final board interviews to present their 90-day entry plans and to answer questions from a variety of community stakeholders.
Selecting between the two candidates, both of whom have been praised by board members and the public, will not be easy work, said Board President Deb Mexicotte. She stressed in previous conversations it will come down to fit, as both are highly qualified.
While choosing a new superintendent is the primary order of business at Friday's meeting, there are a few other items on the agenda: calling back at least 60 laid-off teachers and amending the employment contract for Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources and Legal Services David Comsa to allow him to serve as the district's interim superintendent, until the newly named superintendent can assume the role.
The meeting will be underway shortly. Follow along as the discussion unfolds below.