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Ann Arbor Public Schools prepares to ratify new interim superintendent's contract

Ann Arbor school board meets on October 25, 2023.
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Ann Arbor school board meets on October 25, 2023.

Two weeks ago, Assistant Superintendent Jazz Parks was chosen to take over as the interim superintendent for Ann Arbor Public Schools. Two weeks later, a contract is ready for the school board to approve.

Parks will take over as superintendent on an interim basis, replacing Dr. Jeanice Swift who agreed to resign last month. The last step to officially hiring the 17-year AAPS veteran is for the school board to approve her contract.

After negotiating with the board’s attorney, a draft contract was delivered to the trustees this week.

Some members of the board wanted to move forward with voting to ratify the contract. However, the motion to add the vote to the agenda failed 4-to-3. Those who voted against it wanted more time to evaluate the deal and some minor changes that were made in the last few days.

Parks’ contract will not have the opportunity to be approved until the next board meeting on November 8th.

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Josh Hakala is the general assignment reporter for the WEMU news department.
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