At the September 28, 2023 Board of Education Regular Meeting, the Board shared that they are continuing their search for a district superintendent.
While the search for the next superintendent is ongoing, the Interim Superintendent Search Committee provided an update regarding the interim position.
The agreement for current Interim Superintendent, Dr. Randy Liepa, will extend from the original end date of October 30, 2023 to December 31, 2023.
The Board appointed Keith McDonald as Interim Superintendent of Bloomfield Hills Schools effective January 1, 2024. He will remain Interim Superintendent until such time that a new superintendent is hired and begins employment.
Introducing Keith McDonald
Keith McDonald is currently serving as the Bloomfield Hills Schools Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources where he oversees the following: human resources, operations and maintenance, enrollment services, communications, safety and security, and Bowers School Farm and Johnson Nature Center.
Keith McDonald has degrees from Wayne State University (Educational Specialist in General Administration and Supervision), Marygrove College (Masters in the Art of Teaching), and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Bachelor of Science with majors in General Science and Physical Education).
Prior to joining BHS, he served in Livonia Public Schools for 20 years as a science and physical education teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, and as director of human resources. He has also been an adjunct professor at Madonna University, teaching courses on educational leadership.
The Board will continue to update the community as they work with the Michigan Leadership Institute to search for a new superintendent that will best serve the district.
August 10, 2023
At the July 20, 2023 Board of Education Special Meeting, the Board selected two candidates to advance and deferred second round interviews to a date to be determined in the fall. The Board made this decision in an effort to provide more engagement opportunities for students, staff, and the community. Both candidates have since withdrawn their application for candidacy.
During the most recent Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education Study Session on Thursday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m., the Board discussed its continued search for a district superintendent.
The Board will continue to update the community as they work with Michigan Leadership Institute Regional President, John Silveri, to search for a new superintendent that will best serve the district.
[Public body deliberations, decisions and interviews will continue to be conducted at open meetings in the spirit of transparency and in accordance with the Michigan Open Meetings Act (Public Act 267 of 1976).]
- May 24, 2023 at 6 p.m. at Bloomfield Hills High School Media Center - 4200 Andover Road
- May 31, 2023 at 9:45 a.m. at Booth Center - 7273 Wing Lake Road
- May 31, 2023 at 6 p.m. at Bloomfield Township Public Library Meeting Room 2 - 1099 Lone Pine Road
Superintendent Search Update
On July 31, Patrick Watson will retire from his position as superintendent of Bloomfield Hills Schools.
At the April 27, 2023 Board of Education meeting, the Board heard presentations from Michigan Leadership Institute (MLI) and Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). At the May 2, 2023 Board of Education Special Meeting, the Board heard a presentation from Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA). The Board hired the national search firm, Michigan Leadership Institute, to guide the Board in the process of finding our next superintendent. They were selected from a group of very capable firms for their comprehensive approach to engaging the community in the search process, their access to a diverse candidate pool, and their analytic tools utilized to find a good match for our district, among many other reasons.
Over the coming weeks, MLI will work directly with the Board to create a timeline for the search process, conduct a survey process for student, staff, and community feedback, and develop some informational materials to inform potential candidates about our unique and high achieving district.
During the next several months, our Board will meet several times, the goal being to hire a superintendent in a timely manner without sacrificing the thorough search needed to make the right choice for our students. Please attend any of our meetings and share your thoughts regarding the superintendent search through the survey when it is launched or by emailing email@example.com.
Please check this page for updates and upcoming meeting dates.
About Bloomfield Hills Schools
Bloomfield Hills Schools is home to a diverse range of families; across the district, more than 60 languages are spoken in homes. This diversity of language and backgrounds creates a global community in which students can learn from one another about culture, and faculty can teach about cultural differences with ease. All 7th grade classes across the three middle schools attend a two-day World Religions field trip, during which four local religious institutions are visited. And at the high school level, a popular course is IB World Religions, in which students work directly with local religious leaders and institutions. These educational, global opportunities could not exist without the generous support of our district families and Education Foundation.
Bloomfield Hills Schools has a PTOC (Parent Teacher Organization Council) that creates a space for all eight school buildings' PTOs to come together once a month and share best practices. The PTOC also helps to coordinate district-wide events, including the service-focused Make A Difference Day each fall and a Multicultural Celebration each spring. The PTOC and the events it plans help to create a strong sense of community within Bloomfield Hills Schools and the families they serve.
Bloomfield Hills Schools is the proud owner of two gems within the Bloomfield community: The Johnson Nature Center, and the Bowers School Farm. Hosting school field trips throughout the year, these facilities provide hands-on, outdoor learning experiences for students. At the high school level, students can enroll in classes such as Environmental Field Research, the Science of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and Veterinary Science, hosted at our nature center and farm. These facilities and the resources they offer create unique and hands-on learning opportunities that set our district apart, and showcase how our community values experiential, practical, and outdoor learning.
Interested candidates should complete and submit the Michigan Leadership Institute online application.