OTD: Seattle Schools seeking Ann Arbor Superintendent Swift

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 7:39pm

Ann Arbor Superintendent Jeanice Swift may soon head to the Pacific Northwest as one of three finalists for the superintendent position in Seattle Public Schools. Her competition includes Denise Juneau, the former Montana superintendent of public instruction, and Andre Spencer, the superintendent of Harrison School District Two in Colorado Springs.

Swift was named Michigan’s 2018 Superintendent of the Year, and not without reason: She has made a positive change in Ann Arbor public schools since her hire in 2013. Student enrollment has been consistently increasing, attracting more state funding for the school district. Swift also helped successfully pass a tax increase to raise $200 million for the district.

In December 2016, the Ann Arbor School Board incentivized Swift to stay by updating her contract with the offer of an additional $90,000 over the next three years if she stays in her position through 2020.  

Swift said in a statement Monday night she is proud of the work she’s done in Ann Arbor Public Schools, but wishes to seek more opportunities with Seattle Public Schools.

"Our time working together in the Ann Arbor Public Schools has been most rewarding and yet when the Seattle Superintendency became open, I felt I needed to explore that opportunity as well,” Swift said.