Michael Johnston will receive a year of leadership training, including an international experience in Finland.
Thursday, January 17
Michael Johnston, information technology director for Farmington Public Schools, is among 12 Michigan educators selected for the Gerstacker Fellowship at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU). Johnston held technology positions with private firms before joining the district in 2000. He will be honored at the Jan. 29 Board of Education meeting. The 12 Fellows will receive concentrated leadership training over a one-year period, including a capstone international experience that introduces them to three communities in Finland, a country that consistently ranks among the highest achieving nations for educational performance. Others selected for the honor, which is funded by an endowment from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation of Midland, …
City department heads say the new hardware and software will greatly improve the system's security and efficiency. About $130,000 of the $200,000 cost is covered by a grant.
Farmington Public Safety officers can't access some data and programs without their computers shutting down. City clerk Sue Halberstadt finds herself calling the Farmington Hills city clerk on election day, when she has a problem with software that contains the voter rolls. Over the next several months, City of Farmington employees say their departments will run more efficiently – and even more safely – thanks to an agreement to merge information technology (IT) systems with the City of Farmington Hills. Farmington officials approved The city will contribute about $70,000 toward the $200,000, with a $130,000 grant from the State of Michigan picking up the balance. Farmington will make an initial $35,000 payment for services to …