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Mequon-Thiensville superintendent doesn't want MPS job

July 31, 2009 11:07 p.m. | Demond Means, the superintendent of the Mequon-Thiensville School District, said Friday he will not be a candidate for superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.

Means had been a prominent figure in speculation about the MPS job, which is coming open because of plans by Superintendent William Andrekopoulos to retire next year.

"I decided not to put my hat in the ring for this search," Means said.

Means said the Mequon-Thiensville School Board has offered him two two-year extensions of his contract, which would take him to 2013 in his current position, and he intends to fulfill those contracts.

Means, a graduate of MPS and a resident of Milwaukee, has said in the past that a career goal for him is to head MPS, and he has been active in issues related to Milwaukee education and the needs of disadvantaged students. His wife is principal of an MPS elementary school.

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