Ypsilanti Public Schools searching for new high school principal
Ypsilanti Public Schools has narrowed its search for a new principal at the high school to two candidates.
The district is moving toward elimination of its six contract employees over the next two years, and current YPS principal Jon Brown is among them.
Martin said the district must first eliminate contract employees' positions when it starts laying off administrators or teachers. The district has already laid off several teachers and plans to notify more of layoffs in the coming months.
“It has nothing to do with performance for any of them,” Martin said. “We have several contract employees who are outstanding, but we have to make some very difficult decisions to help move the district forward.”
When asked about the popularity of Brown, who has been with YPS for the last three years and is one of the more visible contract employees, Martin said there is no fair way to only eliminate some of the positions.
Brown said he appreciates the support the community has always shown.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better assignment,” he said. “I do understand what a contract employee is, and I do understand the superintendent’s position.”
Brown and Martin said contract language prevents Brown from coming back as a full-time principal instead of a contract employee.
Martin said the interview committee will likely come to a decision after a final round of interviews this week. The interview committee is composed of himself, two parents, a union president, Human Resources Director John Fulton, a principal and public relations director Emma Jackson.
Although Martin said he could not name the two finalists, all those considered were local candidates except for one. District officials have confirmed that one of the finalists is Justin Moore, principal at Centennial High School in Martin’s former district of Champaign, Ill., Unit 4.
District officials in Champaign confirmed Justin Moore has tendered his resignation effective the end of this school year.