Farmington Schools officials to interview superintendent finalists

Finalists for the position of Farmington Public Schools superintendent will tour the district on Wednesday, May 29, before a second round of interviews that evening.

Trustees will talk with Dr. Robert Herrera, CEO of Benton Harbor Area Schools, at 6:30 p.m., and Dr. Sarena Shivers, superintendent of Redford Union Schools, at 8:15 p.m.

While officials will deliberate following the interviews, the selection process includes a second date in June if they are unable to reach consensus.

Herrera was recruited by the Michigan Department of Education’s School Reform Office to lead turnaround efforts in Benton Harbor. He has also served as superintendent in South Haven Public Schools and Onsted Community Schools, and as assistant superintendent at Lenawee Intermediate School District and Adrian Public Schools. During his roughly 25 years in public education, he has also been a principal, teacher, coach, and classroom advisor.

Shivers holds a doctorate degree from Indiana University and has nearly two decades of school administration experience, including five as Assistant Superintendent of Achievement for Washtenaw Intermediate School District and three as Director of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment for Southfield Public Schools. She has six years of teaching experience in Baltimore City, the United Kingdom, and Indiana.

The interviews will be held at the Schulman Administrative Center, 32500 Shiawassee in Farmington, broadcast live on TV-10, and live-streamed at https://farmington.vod.castus.tv/vod.