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Posted on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 5:22 p.m.

Ypsilanti schools' human resource director 1 of 6 candidates in Tecumseh superintendent search

By Danielle Arndt

Ypsilanti Public Schools’ executive director of human resources is one of six semi-finalists in the search to replace Tecumseh Public Schools’ retiring superintendent.


Sharon Irvine

From Twitter

Sharon Irvine was interviewed by the Tecumseh Board of Education Thursday, according to a report in The Daily Telegram in Adrian. The report states a special board meeting is set for Monday night to choose two finalists.

Irvine declined to comment on her status as a candidate Monday afternoon, saying it’s still early in the selection process and anything could happen.

Superintendent searches are a public process. The Michigan Association of School Boards has been guiding the Tecumseh school board through its search. Current Superintendent Michael McAran will retire at the end of the 2012-13 school year, after 47 years in education, the Telegram reports.

According to the Telegram, Irvine worked at several schools in the San Diego, Calif., area before coming to Ypsilanti Public Schools in 1997. She taught elementary school and eventually became principal at Perry Child Development Center.

Irvine left Ypsilanti for a six-year stint to serve as principal of Northville Public Schools’ Thornton Creek Elementary. She returned to Ypsilanti and has held her position as human resources executive director since 2011, the Telegram reports.

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


Danielle Arndt

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 5:40 p.m.

Just to provide an update, Sharon Irvine was not selected as a finalist Monday night. The Tecumseh school board chose three individuals to come back for second interviews, instead of two. Read The Daily Telegram for more:

Basic Bob

Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 10:17 a.m.

It is common sense that they could find local candidates rather than double-dippers from two states away.


Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 6:11 a.m.

Yep! She be a great candidate for Tecumseh!


Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 12:52 a.m.

Sharon Irvine would make a great superintendent for Ypsilanti/Willow Run Public school. If Tecumseh hires her, it will be Ypsilanti's loss!