Michigan State Board of Education Gives Superintendent Mike Flanagan Vote of Confidence, Contract Extension

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan got a vote of confidence and an extra year added to his contract by the state Board of Education.

Flanagan’s contract now runs to May 1, 2015, and his salary continues at $183.994 – the same rate he’s been paid since 2009.

“Happily, we universally as a board laud and note Mike’s leadership, his effective and incredible management here, keeping morale up, and keeping so much effective work going, given a tight budget,” said board President John C. Austin, D-Ann Arbor, in a release after the vote.

“His engagement of leadership in the broad education family, the stakeholders, and attentiveness to their issues, their needs and shaping daily the agenda for education in Michigan is much noted and appreciated. The board is heralding Mike’s leadership in those dimensions.”

The superintendent is not appointed by the governor, but hired by the state Board of Education, which is split 5-3 with Democrats in the majority.

Flanagan has been state superintendent since 2004, when he replaced Tom Watkins. Under his tenure, the state adopted a college preparatory curriculum and required high school students to take the ACT exam.

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