Farmington schools administrators unanimously choose Delgado
In a selection round Thursday night, Farmington Public School administrators selected Dr. Christopher Delgado as the new district superintendent.
The Walled Lake Consolidated Schools administrator and SPF resident was the last of three candidates interviewed this week. Delgado, Hazel Park Superintendent Dr. Amy Kruppe, and Dr. Lawrence Rudolph, Deputy Superintendent of Detroit Public School High Schools, also met with focus groups and toured buildings.
“I am honored by the confidence you have in my potential and continue to appreciate your commitment to each other on behalf of the children of this wonderful school community,” he said after the vote. “I look forward to a long and prosperous relationship on behalf of all of our children and their families.”
Presentation, questions from the directors
The administrators asked each finalist to make a presentation on a single educational topic; Delgado chose early childhood literacy. He recapitulated 10 “essential teaching practices” designed to create a love of reading in younger students.
Like the other finalists, Delgado answered about an hour of questions. Administrators asked him what his impressions of the district were, how he would resolve disagreements with the council, and what changes he might make in the administration of the district central office.
Administrator Mable Fox pointed out that Delgado saw “pockets of excellence” and that not all schools have the same curriculum. She asked what he would do about it.
Delgado said uniformity can occur when school leaders meet to share information about programs and discuss how to replicate them.
“Not everyone needs to be in tune with their programming, but they shouldn’t be so radically different that a student, by choice of school they go to, is not offered this opportunity” , did he declare. “If it’s good for kids, it’s good for all kids.”
Part of a legacy
Board chairman Terri Weems said the trustees had received feedback from staff, trustees, city officials and the community. They also checked references, toured buildings, dined with candidates, and toured their districts.
“This is the most important decision we will make during our tenure,” Weems said. “We have a real chance to do something here and create a fabulous legacy.”
Delgado has made it clear that he wants to be part of that legacy.
“I’m not looking for a job,” he said in his closing remarks. “I seek to join and lead a school community… and have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of students. I am living proof that in a generation education can be the key to bringing someone from poverty to opportunity. “
About Dr Christopher Delgado
- Assistant Superintendent of Walled Lake Schools, overseeing the 19 schools, special services, athletics program and K-12 elective program and high school guidance counselor programs.
- Earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Michigan State University and a doctorate from Oakland University.
- Began his career as a high school and college Spanish teacher in Colorado, then returned to Michigan as a high school Spanish teacher in Birmingham.
- Served 18 years in administration, including roles as associate high school principal, college principal and deputy superintendent.
- Married for 28 years to Leslie, who is a 4th grade teacher in Birmingham. They have three children: Antonio, a Michigan State graduate; Casandra, a senior at New York University; and Dominic, a freshman at Baker College Culinary Institute in Michigan.
Watch the interview and the proceedings: