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Newly-selected superintendent will not be at meeting with state superintendent of schools

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School board member Rudy Patterson said he isn't surprised the man named to be the next Superintendent of Saginaw Schools will be a no-show at an important meeting.

"Well this has been our behavior from the superintendent's seat. It's no secret. The kids don't come first," Patterson said.

Nate McClain has been tapped by the district to be its next leader. Meanwhile, the new state superintendent, Dr. Brian Whiston, is in town to meet with community members about his vision of education for the state. But McClain won't be there. He's out of town at a conference in northern Michigan. Patterson doesn't agree with the move.

"The state superintendent is a big deal. And should he be here? Yes. Yes he should," Patterson said.

But why is McClain is at a conference instead of meeting with the state superintendent? Especially given all the problems the district has had in the past.

Board president Ruth Ann Knapp defends McClain’s attendance at the conference.

"I believe at the moment he is serving as assistant superintendent in charge of curriculum. The training that he is attending is in restorative justice which is going to be implemented district wide this next school year," Knapp said.

A contract between McClain and the district still needs to be hammered out. Knapp believes there will be other opportunities for McClain and Whiston to meet.

"I’m not concerned about that because i don't think this is the last time we will see him in communities around the state," Knapp said.

Patterson disagrees with Knapp and said this is just another example of students being put on the back burner.

"The taxpayers aren't getting their money's worth. That's the bottom line," Patterson said.

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