Application deadline for vacant board seat extended to Dec. 3

The deadline to apply for a vacancy on the Ann Arbor Board of Education has been extended to 4 p.m. Dec. 3.

The district is seeking applicants to fill the board seat vacated with the resignation Nov. 18 of board member Helen Gates-Bryant. She had served on the Ann Arbor school board since 2003.

The original Nov. 30 deadline for applications was extended as the Ann Arbor Board of Education is considers moving elections from May to November as a cost-saving measure, school officials said. If the election is moved, the term for the board position vacated by Gates-Bryant would run through Dec. 31, 2010; any new board terms would run Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.

The board is expected to make a decision about the moving the elections by Dec. 16.

An individual wishing to serve on the Board must be: a citizen of the United States; 18 years of age or older; a resident of the Ann Arbor Public Schools district for at least 30 days; and; a registered voter. Persons interested in submitting their name for consideration should submit a written application to: Amy Osinski, Ann Arbor Board of Education, 2555 South State St., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. Applicants also may fax their application to 734-994-2414 or send it via e-mail to

Applications must contain: a resume which includes applicant’s home address, telephone, and (if applicable) e-mail address; and a letter of intent (no more than two pages) detailing experiences and the qualifications the applicant would bring to board service.

A candidate is expected to be selected and seated on Dec. 16 by the Ann Arbor Board of Education. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at The Ann Arbor District Library. For additional details, visit the school district Web site.

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