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Posted on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 1:58 p.m.

Pioneer High School principal search: Interviews for 2nd round of applicants start Friday

By Danielle Arndt

The pool was enlarged. Now, parents and staff will start to interview the additional candidates in the search for Pioneer High School’s next principal.

Ann Arbor Public Schools spokeswoman Liz Margolis said the district is “back in the full process” and several different levels of interviews began on Friday.


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She said the district is hopeful a decision will be made in the next few weeks, although a specific timeline has not been set.

The first interviews for positions such as this typically are conducted with a large committee of parents and staff, Margolis said.

This is the second attempt at filling the Pioneer High School principal’s position, which has been vacant since June. Assistant Principal Kevin Hudson is serving as the current interim principal.

Superintendent Patricia Green decided in early October to re-post the position after not being 100 percent satisfied with the first pool of applicants, which was vetted throughout the summer.

Margolis said Green is determined to find the “best fit” for the school, so she opened the application period back up to see what other individuals were out there. The latest posting closed Oct. 16.

The first round of applicants went through the district’s extensive interview process, were narrowed down and two names were recommended for Green’s consideration, Margolis confirmed.

At a recent school board meeting, Green said those two individuals have not been ruled out.

The district fielded 41 applications in its first attempt to fill the seat, which was considered somewhat low. The number of applications received in the second posting was not available Friday.

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


Nick Danger

Sat, Nov 3, 2012 : 1:47 p.m.

AAPS went outside to hire a superntendent and a special ed director and neither have worked out particularly well. Why not hire local,AAPS has a ton of talent at it's finger tips


Sat, Nov 3, 2012 : 12:38 p.m.

I'm curious how much they are paying the interim Hudson. The man drives a jaguar. Most school employees can't afford that. It's fishy.


Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 4:37 p.m.

He is the hi school class principal. He was made interim to fill the void for Mr White. As for the void of Mr White? It will be tough shoes because he did so much to keep that school safe. All the children know this.

Frustrated in A2

Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 4:11 a.m.

Unless he's driving a really expensive car I don't think you can jump to conclusions about his pay although I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to find out. Maybe he has a spouse who has a good job and purchased them for him. And how is this related to the search for a principle?


Sat, Nov 3, 2012 : 1:09 p.m.

In addition to the Jaguar, he also drives a Hummer and a Cadillac! Go figure!


Sat, Nov 3, 2012 : 11:30 a.m.

Who would want the job at Pioneer when you're going to always be compared to former Principal Michael White? This would be an act way too difficult to follow! Michael White was able to improve both discipline and academics by being out in the building instead of comfortably sitting in his office like 99% of school administrators. I'm absolutely positive that none of the applicants will want to work as hard as Michael White did.


Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 9:03 p.m.

How about Sulura Jackson? Move her from Skyline. Or Janet Shwamb from Forsythe?


Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 4:35 p.m.

I have heard rumors of Slauson being looked at as well. Who knows. All I know is Mr Hudson does not want to head Pioneer. He likes going home to his family.


Sat, Nov 3, 2012 : 3:20 p.m.

Oh, come on now. Jackson's tough. She's really cracking down on the athletes with the "you can't buy a black letter jacket for your varsity letter at Skyline. Only the ever garish Columbia blue." Pioneer could use some of that toughness. And Schwamb, well she just carries that reputation.


Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 10:10 p.m.

I think there are more qualified candidates than Jackson and Schwamb.


Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 9:45 p.m.

Yikes. Not funny.

Dog Guy

Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 7:32 p.m.

What's with the coyness? Superintendent Patricia Green should just tell us who and how much she has decided upon.

Bertha Venation

Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 7:06 p.m.

If Ms. Green is leary now.... it's a good thing she's opening it back up.... Follow your intuition.


Sun, Nov 4, 2012 : 8:21 a.m.

Ms. Green demonstrates poor judgement. This is another example where total disregard for the needs of the high school are being ignored. I find it hard to believe that the first pool of candidates did not yield viable candidates.


Sat, Nov 3, 2012 : 11:15 a.m.

If she is "Leary" now, she might be Timothy and not in charge of a school district which teaches youth how to spell leery...


Fri, Nov 2, 2012 : 10:13 p.m.

That's what we need more of "Follow your intuition" NOT