Minneapolis superintendent contract vote delayed

- The Minneapolis school board has canceled a special meeting that was scheduled for Friday, May to approve the contract of new superintendent Ed Graff.

The Minneapolis School Board is excited to be getting closer to having a new superintendent in place at MPS and wanted to provide a brief update," Minneapolis Public Schools said in a statement. "They knew they had established an aggressive timeline to try to approve a contract with the preferred superintendent candidate, Ed Graff, by today. But due to meeting notice requirements, they proactively scheduled today’s meeting in case the process moved quickly. Yesterday they decided to postpone that meeting and approve the contract at a June meeting. Given the holiday weekend and negotiating parties’ availability, postponing the meeting allows more time to complete a quality contract process. The Board is excited to continue negotiations with Mr. Graff and looks forward to getting him to work soon."

The board chose Graff over Brenda Cassellius, commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Education, by a vote of 6-3 Tuesday night. A search committee chose announced the two as finalists on May 13. The board hopes to finalize a contract for Graff by Friday. 

Graff is a Minnesota native with more than 25 years of experience as an educator. He has a master's degree in education administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor's in elementary education from the University of Alaska-Anchorage. 

Starting June 1, Chief of Schools Michael Thomas will serve as interim superintendent until the new superintendent takes over. 

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