AAPS Takes Steps in Superintendent Search

The Ann Arbor Public Schools board of education took steps to address some of the most pressing needs of their superintendent search: identifying a salary, determining a superintendent profile, confirming the superintendent search timeline, and approving an advertising schedule. The actions took place at the board’s April 24, 2013 study session.

Earlier this month, superintendent Patricia Green announced her resignation, effective in mid-July.

The trustees were in agreement on posting a salary range, rather than a set number. After some wrangling about the top levels of such a range, they decided on $180,000 to $220,000, commensurate with experience. [Green began her tenure on July 1, 2011 with a five-year contract and a starting salary of $245,000.]

The board also decided on a list of 14 characteristics for the superintendent profile, which will be used during the search. The trustees amended and added to the profile they had used during the 2010-11 superintendent search. [.pdf of amended superintendent search profile]

Additionally, the trustees adjusted the timeline suggested by the search firm Ray and Associates to reflect an end goal of a superintendent named by the end of July. The board also adjusted the advertising to include some venues that weren’t already listed by Ray and Associates, and also to eliminate some places that didn’t have wide enough reach.

At least two public forums will be held in the future to get community input on the superintendent search.

This brief was filed the day following the April 24, 2013 AAPS study session and board meeting. A more detailed report will follow: [link]