Application deadline Nov. 30 for vacant board seat

The Ann Arbor Board of Education is seeking applicants to fill a vacant board seat through June 30, 2010.

Pursuant to Michigan Election Law (MCL 168.302), an individual wishing to serve on the Board must be:
• A citizen of the United States;
• Eighteen years of age or older;
• A resident of the Ann Arbor Public School 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. They 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.

Deadline for submitting applications is 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30.

Community members are invited to submit possible questions to be used in the interview process. E-mail them to or send them to the above address no later than 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30.

Applicants will be interviewed by members of the Board of Education on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Applicants will then be required to make a brief public statement at the Dec. 16, 2009 Board of Education meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Ann Arbor District Library.

A candidate will be selected and seated on Dec. 16, 2009 by a majority vote of the Board of Education.

Ann Arbor Public School district voters will elect a permanent replacement for the seat during the regular May 4, 2010 election; that person will be seated on July 1.

The seat became open with the resignation Nov. 18 of board member Helen Gates-Bryant. She served on the Ann Arbor school board since 2003 and was re-elected in May 2008.

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