Oakland Schools may pick election winner for Farmington Schools post

An open seat on the Farmington Public Schools (FPS) Board of Education may be filled by Pam Green, top vote-getter in the November 6 election.

The seat has been vacant since the unexpected resignation of Jim Stark on October 16. FPS officials had 30 days to appoint a replacement; officials were unable to reach consensus after interviewing 10 applicants for the position.

Under state law, that moved the decision into the hands of the intermediate school district, which provides educational services to public, charter, and private schools in Oakland County. Oakland Schools trustees discussed the matter at their Tuesday meeting in Waterford.

In a statement sent via email, Oakland Schools Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook Robinson said the intermediate district board “voted to consider the appointment of the individual who received the highest number of votes in the November 6, 2018 general election” to fill the vacant seat.

Oakland Schools trustees will discuss the appointment again on December 4.

If Green accepts the appointment, she would leave an open seat when she takes office in January. That would mean another appointment process, as the term runs through 2020.