Farmington Schools trustees pick Detroit Schools exec for board seat

Farmington Public Schools trustees on Thursday selected Dr. Shaun Black, an 18-year educator and Deputy Executive Director of Schools for the Detroit Public Schools Community District, to serve a 2-year board term.

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Farmington Public Schools trustees wait while ballots are tallied in a round of voting Thursday.

Black was chosen from a field of nine candidates after several hours of interviews and multiple rounds of voting. In the end, trustee Angie Smith changed her vote to break a 3-3 tie.

Half of the six trustees supported 24-year district resident Richard Mukamal, who has corporate and consulting experience. He also co-founded the nonprofit Crescendo Detroit. which offers intensive music and dance training for Detroit youth.

Black will fill the seat left open with the resignation of Pam Green, an appointee who began her own six-year term on January 1. He will serve through December 2020, and voters will elect a candidate to cover the last two years of the term. Green replaced Jim Stark, who resigned in October.

In all, nine candidates applied. Jennifer Garland, Jeff Grynaviski, Kevin Hafner, Miranda LaPan, Erik Lindquist, Tammy Luty, and Brian Spitsbergen rounded out the field.

Black, who has lived in the district for a year-and-a-half, earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Education, Education Specialist, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Wayne State University. He and his wife, Kellie, have a three-year-old son.

Along with Green and new trustee Zach Rich, Black will take his oath of office during the January 15 school board meeting.