Farmington Schools trustees talk superintendent succession

Farmington Public Schools trustees will on Tuesday talk about how retiring Superintendent Dr. George Heitsch will move out of his position.

Their 6 p.m. agenda opens with the election of a board treasurer. Officials will also consider approving School of Choice options and changes to the 2018-2019 budget, before taking up Heitsch’s succession plan. Earlier this month, he agreed to provide a draft that included information about his most important roles and responsibilities and which staff members participate in those activities.

In a memo to trustees, Heitsch said the transition “traditionally occurs after a new superintendent is identified and hired,” with the help of the search firm. While the new and former leaders discuss some topics, he added, “It is not unusual for the incoming superintendent to desire to get to work and discover for themselves the strengths and weaknesses of the district.”

Heitsch presented suggestions for two scenarios: preparing a member – or members – of the administrative staff for the position, or handing over responsibility so that someone can “test drive” the superintendent’s role. He said he meets weekly with Associate Superintendent Dr. Aaron Johnson to talk about the weekly calendar, discuss an “entry plan” for a new superintendent, and “discuss areas outside of instruction where Aaron feels a need for reinforcement.”

At 5:30 p.m., trustees will hold a closed meeting to discuss collective bargaining strategy. Agendas and supporting materials for both meetings are posted at farmington.k12.mi.us