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Plymouth-Canton Schools Unanimously Extends Interim Superintendent's Contract

Jeremy Hughes to stay with district until June 30, 2013, or until a permanent replacement is found.

Jeremy Hughes’ stay as interim superintendent at was officially prolonged Tuesday through June 30, 2013, or until the district can find a permanent candidate to fill the role.

Hughes, , just two weeks before had expressed interest in to help provide some stability to the district moving forward. The Plymouth-Canton Board of Education likely will see some new faces after the Nov. 8 election, in which 14 candidates are vying for four seats.

He worked out a deal with the district in the meantime, where he will earn the same amount. The board unanimously accepted the modified contract Tuesday at its meeting.

Under the new agreement, Hughes, who lives in Dearborn, still will earn $700 per day without benefits, or up to about $182,000 for a full year, as was agreed upon in May. Hughes will be allowed two weeks of paid vacation.

Board President John Jackson said the extended deal is a “teriffic win-win” for the district because of the longer-term stability the contract provides and because it shows Hughes is excited to stay with the district.

“He’s excited about being involved,” he said. “It speaks highly for the district and the team we have in place.”

Board Trustee Steven Sneideman said he was excited for Hughes to stay and was happy that the revised contract allows for changes with future school boards.

Under the new contract, either side may terminate the agreement with 90 days’ notice.

Hughes said initiatives that began under his watch, including expanding students’ curriculum options and revising teachers’ evaluations, will be able to take shape with more time at the helm.

Before coming to Plymouth-Canton, Hughes' experience included five years as deputy superintendent and chief academic officer of Michigan's Department of Education. There, he helped revise state standards for teaching and graduation.

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