Twelve file for open Farmington school board seat

A dozen applicants, including three of four candidates on the November 6 ballot, have filed for an open seat created by the October 16 resignation of Farmington Public Schools trustee Jim Stark.

The district accepted applications through Monday, October 29. Candidates include:

  • Lindsay Brink
  • Mable Fox
  • Jennifer Garland
  • Jeff Grynaviski (candidate)
  • Kevin Hafner
  • Carmel Koshy
  • Yvonne Langley
  • Miranda LaPan
  • Mark Przeslawski (candidate and current board member)
  • Zachary Rich (candidate)
  • Brian Spitsbergen
  • David Turner (current board member, term expires this year)

Officials are scheduling all 12 interviews for Saturday, November 10. According to a press release, several factors complicated the selection process timeline:

  • Under Michigan law, the appointment must be made within 30 days, or the Oakland Schools Board of Education will appoint a trustee.
  • Board members feel that it would be improper to appoint a member before the election occurs.
  • Stark’s immediate resignation left officials with less time that usual to work out the process. The past few trustee resignations were announced more than 30 days before the trustee’s departure.
  • Because of board members’ prior commitments, the number of days available for interviews is limited.

Officials will not hold a second round of interviews. When the interview times are finalized, they’ll be posted on the district’s website.

Residents are encouraged to submit questions in advance of the interviews. Write to boardofed@fpsk12.net, or submit via a form posted at farmington.k12.mi.us.

The November 10 meeting will be open to the public and recorded for viewing at tv10.viebit.com.