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Farmington School Board Names New Superintendent

George Heitsch was selected on a 4-3 vote to replace retiring Superintendent Susan H. Zurvalec.

George Heitsch will lead Farmington Public Schools.
George Heitsch will lead Farmington Public Schools.

Avondale superintendent George Heitsch was selected on a split vote Thursday to take a similar position with Farmington Public Schools.

The school board voted 4-3 to hire Heitsch. Michele Harmala, Farmington’s associate superintendent of instructional services and organizational leadership, was the other finalist.

He will replace current Superintendent Susan H. Zurvalec, who is retiring July 1 after nine years at the helm of the district.

Heitsch has served as Avondale’s superintendent since 2006, also previously worked for the Farmington school district, as well as in the West Bloomfield and Huron Valley school districts.

He earned his Educational Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Wayne State University.

The search to replace Zurvalec  began in March and was narrowed to the two finalists, who participated in day-long visits and final interviews last week.

Tom Thumb May 10, 2014 at 07:46 AM
I hope he will care more about the teachers and the classroom them the administration. We need to get to a point of less administration and more teachers. Let the Teachers teach and the the Principals run the buildings. We do not need curriculum specialist, maintenance directors, assistant administrators while reducing teachers. The educational outlines are not being dictated by the Feds and the State. We waste so much money outside of the classroom!!
Mr Colombo May 11, 2014 at 01:20 PM
Let the teachers teach and the principals run the buildings? You gotta be kidding! The teachers and principals are mediocre at best - the administration is mediocre at best! There is a lot more work to be done than just change a superintendent.
Kayla West May 12, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Mr. Colombo has no clue about the incredible talent we have in our educational staff. Very sad to see bashing like this. There's just no place for it in our community. My kids are lucky to have had the teachers and administrators they've had through the years. Our support staff deserves big kudos too.
Mr Colombo May 12, 2014 at 01:09 PM
OK Kayla West - I"ll grant you that there are some good teachers in the school district - every organization has good employees. But right here in this newsletter on Apr 23rd there was an article of top high schools in MI - and Farmington Hills is not in the top 20 in MI. If you go deeper into the results - at Farm. Cent High - 96% of students are not Math Proficient; at Farmington High - 59%; Harrison is 67% and N. Farmington it is 49%. Here is a better stat - when 31% of the kids in Harrison were tested for college readiness - i.e passing the 12th grade AP test - of the 31% only 23% passed - which means 77% were not ready or could possibly never be able to handle college. The 2013 report on state rankings of Am. Education published by the Am Legislative Exchange Council ranks MI 46th in our country - but the state gets a B- for education policy - which is great. So how can a state get good grades for education policy and yet be ranked so low? What this translates to is the poor quality of instruction - like I said - overall - Farmington Schools and the state of MI has an average public education system - there will always be the few bright stars - really good teachers, administrators, and students - but it is not consistent and it is not across the board. It is just average....
Tom Thumb May 25, 2014 at 10:28 AM
North Farmington's downfall is a direct result of our last Administrator. North was one of the leading schools in the country until Mr. Jones retired and they saw fit to bring in someone from the "outside". If this were a properly run organization and a business units numbers dropped like it has at North someone or a number of someones would be fired. As it goes with our educational system and the resin for its failing grades, no one is accountable. This is a crime on our kids!!!!!

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