UPDATE: State superintendent chosen from three finalists

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UPDATE: Michigan’s Board of Education has selected Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael Rice to be the next state superintendent.

The board voted 5-3 for Rice on Tuesday after conducting final interviews with three candidates. Once a contract is signed, he will lead the state Department of Education, starting in July and making $216,000 a year.

Board members say they liked Rice’s focus on addressing the achievement gap among students and his experience as an educator in other states.

Other finalists were Randy Liepa, superintendent of the Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency, and Jeanice Swift, superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools.

Michigan has had an interim superintendent, Sheila Alles, for a year since the May 2018 death of Brian Whiston .

The elected board has six Democrats and two Republicans.

ORIGINAL STORY: Michigan’s Board of Education is poised to select the next state superintendent after conducting final interviews with three candidates.

Board members are expected to reveal their choice at the end of a public meeting Tuesday in Lansing.

The finalists are Michael Rice, superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools; Randy Liepa, superintendent of the Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency; and Jeanice Swift, superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools. Liepa was invited to the final round of interviews after one of the finalists, former Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius, was selected last week to be the city of Boston’s next superintendent.

Michigan has had an interim superintendent, Sheila Alles, for a year since the May 2018 death of Brian Whiston.

The elected board has six Democrats and two Republicans.

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