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Competition to land Brenda Cassellius as the next superintendent of the Boston schools has intensified since Michigan education officials advanced her to the final round of their search for a new leader.

The Michigan State Board of Education, after two days of public interviews this week, narrowed its field for the state superintendent job from five candidates to three Wednesday. Cassellius interviewed for the Michigan job Monday via Skype — one day before she appeared in Boston for four rounds of interviews.

Cassellius, a former Minnesota education commissioner, faces competition from two sitting superintendents in Michigan: Michael Rice, who oversees the Kalamazoo Public Schools, and Jeanice Swift, who leads the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

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Michigan is not slated to make a decision until May 7 — almost a week after the Boston School Committee expects to vote for superintendent on May 1.

In Boston, Cassellius is among three finalists. The two other candidates are Marie Izquierdo, chief academic officer for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and Oscar Santos, president of Cathedral 7-12 High School in Boston.

If Cassellius receives the Boston job and accepts it, Michigan plans to invite back one of its semifinalists to take Cassellius’s spot.


James Vaznis can be reached at james.vaznis@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globevaznis.