Farmington Public Schools trustees began interviewing candidates for superintendent on Tuesday, without one of their colleagues.
In a letter read by board president Pam Green, Terry Johnson said he was not able to attend the first evening of interviews because of business-related travel.
“We often find ourselves in the middle of life and work issues and conflicts. Unfortunately, this has come to pass for me with the first round of interviews,” he wrote.
While Johnson could have participated in the May 15 round, after consulting with Green and the Michigan Association of School Boards, he felt it would be improper to interview some candidates and not others.
Johnson said he declined the opportunity to video conference on the second day because he would be in a different time zone, and “I believe it is fundamentally unfair to treat candidates different as we move through the process.”
The first four of seven candidate interviews are posted at https://farmington.vod.castus.tv/vod. The second round begins at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, and can be viewed live via the same link, or on cable channel 10.
Officials expect to choose their finalists after the last round; those candidates will tour the district and go through second round interviews on May 22. Barring complications, the new superintendent will start July 1.