- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - An Ann Arbor-area school district will help prepare state-appointed CEOs hired to intervene in Michigan’s lowest-performing schools.

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District will help train Robert Harvey, who has a six-month contract with the state School Reform Office, MLive (https://bit.ly/2alV8Ur ) reported. He’ll train other potential school CEOs.

This is the first time Michigan’s School Reform Office has used appointed a CEO for a school, and it has been met with resistance from East Detroit Public Schools. A CEO has been given authority over academics at four of that district’s schools.

East Detroit Public Schools successfully sought a temporary restraining order in May to prevent the state takeover. This week the judge extended it to July 28.

Harvey will be paid more than $71,000 to create assessments that track academic success. He has previous experience in school administration.

School Reform Officer Natasha Baker said the office has been interested in assessment work for a long time and recognizes them as a key factor in raising student achievement in low-income areas.

“The contract is designed to provide an opportunity for an extraordinarily results-driven leader to work under the leadership of a quality organization,” Baker said. “WISD has proved to be a credible organization. Scott Menzel is an incredible leader and has offered up the opportunity for us to do this work together.”

She said it’s the office’s mission to turn low-performing schools into some of the best schools in the state.

“It’s not enough for priority schools to just get off the list,” she said. “We want kids to have competitive choices when they graduate from high school.”

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Information from: The Ann Arbor News, https://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor

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