Skubick: Names surface for new state school superintendent

Michigan

Some names are emerging as a possible new state school superintendent.

The State Board of Education is looking for a new state school superintendent after the untimely passing of former superintendent Brian Whitson.

The Democrat-controlled board has been told that organized labor has two candidates.

John Austin who was on the state board for 16 years and served as president.

And Dr. Michael Rice, the long-time Kalamazoo school superintendent.

Other names include Dr. Vicki Makevitch from the Oakland County school system.

She was a finalist last time.

The Ann Arbor school superintendent Dr. Jeanice Kerr-Swift is reportedly interested.

Dr. Randy Liepa from Wayne County and the current deputy state school superintendent Venessa Keesler will apply for the post.

The governor checks in on this, saying that once the list is finalized she will have input with the board on who should get the job.

As for the two candidates labor likes, Austin and Rice?

“I actually know both of them,” said Gov. Whitmer. “And I think there’s probably going to be a lot more people so I think just to weight in on a limited field that could be much bigger wouldn’t be wise.”

And what about labor trying to impose their candidate on the board?

The House Republican Speaker offers.. “I’ll trust the State Board to make whatever decision they feel is in the best interest of the education of our students here in Michigan.”

The board will pick a new superintendent some time after March.

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