Michigan school board votes to give superintendent job to Nerad

Madison superintendent interviewed for position in Detroit suburb
Michigan school board votes to give superintendent job to Nerad

The Birmingham, Mich., public school board voted on Monday night to offer the district’s top job to Madison superintendent Dan Nerad.

The board voted in favor of offering Nerad the superintendent position.

Nerad declined to offer comment at a Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education meeting. He said he wanted to talk to the Birmingham district first.

Nerad had applied for the position, which will lead a school district for the Detroit suburb, and was one of five people interviewing for the position.

Nerad announced in late March that he was resigning from the Madison school district sometime between then and the end of his contract in summer 2013. He made no mention of applying for other jobs, but later confirmed reports that he was interviewing in Omaha, Neb.

Madison board members said Nerad surprised them two months ago, when he made a failed bid for the top job in Omaha and the decision forced them to begin preparing to make an immediate hire.

School Board President James Howard said they’re ready for the transition after Birmingham’s decision.

‘We’re not planning on having a void,” Howard said. “We feel that we have a system in place that will allow us to transition. One superintendent will move on to more opportunities and someone will assume the opportunity that he had here and move into that position. So, we don’t see it as having a void. We’re going to transition.”

The administrators in Birmingham said they want the new superintendent to start July 1.

Howard said that Nerad’s contract requires him to keep his position for another five months.

The Birmingham district has 8,340 students — about one-third the size of Madison.

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