Farmington Public Schools delivered the following to the community in 2013:
1. Two flawed Bond Proposals that ignored well established community values.
2. Continued underfunding of the maintenance and upgrade of educational resources.
3. Continued underfunding of the upgrade of technology resources.
4. Continued lack of classroom discipline throughout the district.
5. At least the 4th year of unchanged nonproficient student performance measured by the State MEAP evaluation in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Writing at all Grade levels tested by Black, Hispanic, and “Economically Disadvantaged” students exposing unresponsive instruction and undermining the integrity of the Farmington Schools High School diploma.
6. The State identification of several Farmington Schools as “Focus Schools” based on extreme student achievement gaps that are a direct indication of the lack of effective responsiveness to student learning deficiencies consistent with the MEAP test results.
7. Multiple instructional detractions by top down layers of student achievement programs instead of student-centered research-based lesson plan improvements focused on measured student deficiencies.
8. A $9 Million Budget Deficit.
9. The resignation of the Superintendent whom isn’t leaving for another 7 months.
10. The resignation of the most experienced Board Trustee before the end of term enabling the Board to appoint a Mutual Admiration Society Board member to enjoy the cloak of incumbency in next November’s election.
Farmington Public Schools starts 2014 with the following immediate tasks:
1. Restoring classroom discipline throughout the district.
2. Execution and validation of the effective remediation of all nonproficient students.
3. Establishing, defining, and executing Superintendent search process that is focused on addressing the above (10) performance failures of 2013.
4. Establishing, defining, and executing a Board Trustee Appointment process that is focused on appointing a leader who is focused on correcting the above (10) performance failures of 2013.
5. Establishment, defining, and executing a 2014 / 2015 Budget Process that restructures the Budget to address the 2013 performance failures #2 – 8.
6. The development of a Bond Proposal that provides for the facility and technology infrastructure needs of the district that is consistent with Community values.
The actions and behaviors of the Superintendent and Board Trustees give no indication that we can expect much more than the status quo. To address the issues cited above, the following actions are required:
1. Appoint an educational reform advocate as an Interim Superintendent and having Superintendent Zurvolec step aside. Former Superintendent Mike Flanagan initiated this action upon his resignation and it served the Board, the District, and the Community well.
2. Appoint a third party Financial Advisor from the Farmington / Farmington Hills private sector to lead and facilitate the current Budget process.
3. Proceed to develop a Bond Proposal to fund long term facility and technology upgrades.Tell the FPS Administration and Board that 2014, now, is the time for change.