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Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing — Four public superintendents from southeast Michigan are among the State Board of Education’s six semifinalists for Michigan’s top education post.

The state board on Tuesday announced its semifinalists to succeed Mike Flanagan as superintendent of public instruction.

They are:

■Randy Davis, superintendent of Marshall Public Schools

■Alan Ingram, deputy commissioner of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

■Randy Liepa, superintendent of Livonia Public Schools

■Vickie Markavitch, superintendent the Oakland Schools Intermediate School District

■Scott Menzel, superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District

■Brian Whiston, superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools

Under the Michigan constitution, the state school superintendent is an appointee of the elected eight-member State Board of Education, not the governor. The superintendent oversees the Michigan Department of Education.

Flanagan, who has been state superintendent since 2005, is retiring at the end of June.

The Board of Education has scheduled public interviews Tuesday and March 11 with the semifinalists in Lansing, board president John Austin said.

Board members hope to narrow the field to two or three finalists, who will be interviewed at a March 18 public meeting in Lansing, Austin said.

The board wants to hire a new superintendent by late March or early April at the latest, Austin said.

“We’re on track to do so,” Austin said. “We now have six strong semifinalists.”

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