ANN ARBOR, MI – The Washtenaw Intermediate School District Board of Education has selected Don L. Garrett, Jr. to fill a vacancy.
Garrett was selected from four candidates after two hours of board interviews Tuesday, July 20. Garrett fills the vacancy created by Mary Jo Callahan, who stepped down on June 30. Callahan was recently appointed as Brown University’s Swearer Center executive director and associate dean for engaged scholarship.
Garrett has previous board experience, having served on the school boards of Willow Run Community Schools (2009-2013; board president 2011-13) and Ypsilanti Community Schools (vice president 2013-15), during the consolidation of Willow Run Community Schools and Ypsilanti Public Schools.
Garrett, an Ypsilanti resident, is a graduate of Willow Run High School and Washtenaw Community College. He will fill the WISD term through June 2023.
The district accepted letters of intent and resumes for interested candidates from June 23 through July 9. Qualified applicants needed to be a resident of the school districts of Dexter, Chelsea, Lincoln, Manchester, Milan, Saline, Whitmore Lake or Ypsilanti.
Due to state law dictating that no more than two members of the board may be from the same school district, residents of Ann Arbor Public Schools were ineligible.
“As a former board trustee of Willow Run and Ypsilanti Community Schools, Don L. Garrett, Jr., brings a wealth of knowledge of our local school system, a fierce devotion to children and students in our community, and a proven track record of school governance leadership,” WISD Board President Steve Olsen said in a statement. “We are pleased to welcome Don to the WISD Board of Education, and we are confident he will be a valuable advocate on behalf of children, students, and families in Washtenaw County.”
The WISD board also interviewed Glen McIntosh of Dexter, Kimberly Samuelson of Ypsilanti (Lincoln) and Nicole Balensiefer of Saline virtually. Garrett is being sworn in in person later this week.
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