Farmington Superintendent Candidates Narrowed to Four

The Farmington Public Schools Board of Education will interview four superintendent finalists April 23-24, then narrow the list to two. The interviews are open to the public and will be broadcast on TV-10.

Four finalists have been recommended to replace retiring Farmington Public Schools Superintendent Sue Zurvalec.

Among the candidates the Board of Education will interview is Michele Harmala, the district’s associate superintendent of instructional services and organizational leadership, The Observer & Eccentric reports.

Other finalists are  George Heitsch, Avondale Schools superintendent; Gary Niehaus, superintendent of McLean County (Illinois) Unit District No. 5; and Paul Salah, deputy superintendent for educational services for Wayne-Westland Schools.

The four were narrowed down from 32 applicants and presented to the board for consideration by School Exec Connect consultants Dave Peterson and Larry Lobert. They conducted personal interviews with 14 semi-finalists for the job.

The school board will conduct first-round interviews in a public session at April 23-24 at 7 p.m. at the Lewis Schulman Administrative Building, 32500 Shiawassee St. in Farmington. The interviews will also be cablecast live on TV-10. The public is encouraged to attend.

Two candidates will proceed to finalist interviews, to be be held April 30 and May 1. The two finalists will visit district schools, meet with administrators and staff, and engage in “meet and greet” sessions with public on both of those days.

The applicants for the job included 21 men and 11 women.

Learn more about the four candidates here. >>>


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