ANN ARBOR, MI – South Orange-Maplewood Schools Superintended Brian Osborne has been selected as one of two finalists for the position of superintended of the Ann Arbor school system, says a report on AnnArbor.com.  The Ann Arbor Board of Education had interviewed six candidates this Monday and Tuesday, and narrowed the field to two on Wednesday.

According to the story by Kellie Woodhouse, Osborne was ranked as the top choice by five of the seven board of education members, who were impressed with the thoughtful responses to their questions and the amount of research he had done on the Ann Arbor schools prior to the interview.  Another area in which Osborne scored points was in discussing the budget shortfalls Ann Arbor has faced in recent years.   The story reports that Trustee Christine Stead said Osborne was the only candidate who discussed ways to create new revenue streams for the schools, rather than focusing on cuts.

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A short video clip of Osborne discussing the Ann Arbor position may be viewed here:

Members of the Ann Arbor board are expected to come visit Maplewood and South Orange this week in an effort to better understand Osborne’s accomplishments.  Osborne’s contract here was not set to expire until June of 2014, at which time he was likely to get a $40,000 cut in pay due to the state’s salary cap regulations.