Who's Running for Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education?
OUTCOME: Jeff Gaynor, Simone Lightfoot and Harmony Mitchell were elected to the AAPS board of education. Click here for details of that outcome. For more results, check the Washtenaw County elections site.
The Ann Arbor Public Schools district serves the city of Ann Arbor and parts of eight surrounding townships. The district enrolls about 17,000 students, operates 19 elementary schools, 2 K-8 schools, 5 middle schools, 5 high schools, 1 standalone preschool, 1 virtual school and 1 adult education program. It is the 5th largest school district in Michigan with an annual budget of about $215 million and a staff of about 1,500 full-time employees, including about 1,100 teachers.
The 7-member AAPS Board of Education is responsible for approving the budget, setting policy, and hiring/overseeing the district’s superintendent. This year, three seats are open and there are eight candidates – including two incumbents. The top three vote-getters will win election to four-year terms. These are nonpartisan, unpaid positions.