After morning interviews on Saturday, March 5, 2011, the Ann Arbor Public Schools board of trustees began deliberations on the two finalists for its open superintendent position. The result of those deliberations was a 6-1 vote to begin negotiations with Patricia Green (North Allegheny School District, Pennsylvania). Trustee Susan Baskett cast the dissenting vote.
The other finalist was Michael Muñoz (Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa). A third finalist, Shelley Redinger (Oregon Trail School District, Oregon), had announced her withdrawal from consideration earlier in the week. Redinger accepted a different position – with the Spotsylvania County school system in Virginia.
The morning interviews were the second round of questions from the board. The first round of interviews took place during the week of Feb. 14. Both candidates had also answered questions at a community forum held Friday evening, March 4, which drew around 100 attendees at Pioneer High School.
The proposed offer to Green will be a four-year contract with an annual salary of $245,000, and will include the same health care package as other top AAPS administrators, a term life insurance policy at three times the salary, and fees and dues to join community organizations and up to four professional organizations. Green will also be offered three personal days per year, 12 sick days that could accrue up to 200 sick days, and 25 vacation days per year that do not accrue. The board also decided to offer Green the opportunity to present three competitive bids for moving expenses, with the understanding that the board will choose the lowest one.
If negotiations with Green are successful, she would be taking over the position from interim superintendent Robert Allen, who assumed those responsibilities after former superintendent Todd Roberts announced his resignation on Aug. 13, 2010. Allen did not apply for the superintendent job.