FPS trustees unanimously support superintendent contract

Dr. Robert Herrera
Dr. Robert Herrera

As board president Pam Green indicated they would, Farmington Public Schools trustees gave unanimous support Tuesday to a 3-year contract with the district’s new superintendent.

Dr. Bob Herrera was chosen from among 29 applicants. He will leave his post as the state-appointed CEO of Benton Harbor Community Schools.

Trustees on May 28 voted 4-3 to offer Herrera a contract. At the time, Green said that policies require trustees to fully support board decisions, no matter what the vote. “We will all embrace Dr. Herrera and welcome him to our system… We’ll have that commitment together as a team.”

“This vote illustrates the Board’s confidence in and support of Dr. Herrera,” Green said in a June 4 press release. “We’re excited to have someone with Dr. Herrera’s skill and experience to lead the district.”

Herrera earned his doctorate and master’s degree from Western Michigan University in education leadership and a bachelor’s degree in biological science from Michigan State University. He previously worked as superintendent of South Haven Public Schools, and assistant superintendent of Lenawee Intermediate School District.

“I am looking forward to working with the Board, staff, and community of Farmington Public Schools to further the great things the district is already doing for our students,” Herrera said.

He will begin his new role on July 1.