Finalists for FPS top spot are from Benton Harbor, Redford districts

Farmington Public Schools trustees on Wednesday decided to interview the appointed CEO of Benton Harbor Area Schools and the superintendent of Redford Union School District as finalists in the search for a new district leader.

Robert Herrera, Ed.D., and Sarena Shivers, Ed.D., will tour the district on May 29 before their final interviews. The May 22 date for the second interviews was changed because one candidate will be out of the country, according to a district press release.

Herrera holds a doctorate degree from Western Michigan University and was recruited by the Michigan Department of Education’s School Reform Office to lead turnaround efforts in Benton Harbor. He has also served as superintendent in South Haven Public Schools and Onsted Community Schools, as well as assistant superintendent at Lenawee Intermediate School District and Adrian Public Schools. During his roughly 25 years in public education, he has also been a principal, teacher, coach, and classroom advisor.

Shivers holds a doctorate degree from Indiana University and has nearly two decades of school administration experience, including five as Assistant Superintendent of Achievement for Washtenaw Intermediate School District and three as Director of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment for Southfield Public Schools. She has six years of teaching experience in Baltimore City, the United Kingdom, and Indiana.

You’ll find the May 14 and 15 candidate interviews posted at; TV-10 will also livestream the final interviews. Officials expect to make their final decision in time for the new superintendent to start work on July 1.

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