- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The State Board of Education has invited six candidates to publicly interview for the state superintendent job next week.

More than 50 people applied for the position that Superintendent Mike Flanagan is leaving this summer due to his retirement.

Five of the six semifinalists chosen Tuesday are from Michigan.

They include Marshall Superintendent Randy Davis, Livonia Superintendent Randy Liepa and Dearborn Superintendent Brian Whiston.

Two superintendents of intermediate school districts, Vicki Markavitch in Oakland County and Scott Menzel in Washtenaw County, also are in the running along with Alan Ingram, deputy commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Board President John Austin says the board had a “tremendously strong pool” of applicants.

The semifinalists will be interviewed starting at 9:30 a.m. next Tuesday and Wednesday in Lansing.

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