Farmington HillsJanuary 22, 2014
Ten Mile Building renamed C. Robert Maxfield Education Center
By Sherri Kolade
C & G Staff Writer
FARMINGTON HILLS — The Ten Mile Administrative Building, 32789 W. 10 Mile Road, has a brand-new name, the C. Robert Maxfield Education Center, and will be rededicated as such this spring.
During a Farmington Public Schools Board of Education meeting Dec. 10, school board trustees unanimously approved the name change in honor of the district’s former Superintendent Bob Maxfield.
Former Board of Education Trustee Gary Sharp requested the name change in a letter sent to Superintendent Susan Zurvalec.
“It was with great sadness that I learned of the pending closure of the Maxfield Training Center,” Sharp said in a letter, according to a district press release. “As I had the honor and pleasure of serving on the Board of Education during Dr. Maxfield’s tenure, I believe that it is extremely important that he continues to be honored by the schools and the community. I would like to suggest and request that, at the closing of the current MTC, the Ten Mile School be renamed as the new Maxfield Training Center in honor of the contributions of Dr. Maxfield.”
Maxfield is currently an interim dean of the school of education of human services at Oakland University.
In addition to being the former FPS superintendent, Maxfield has been a Berkley School District deputy superintendent, a Berkley School District principal, a Clawson High School assistant principal and a Berkley School District teacher, along with a host of other positions.
A few community-based groups he belongs to include the Farmington/Farmington Hills Multicultural/Multiracial Community Council, the Farmington Exchange Club and the Farmington Hills/Farmington Community Foundation.
Maxfield said the building being named after him is a “wonderful honor.”
“I’m just delighted,” he said. “I’ve been gone for almost nine years, and to be remembered is always a thrill.”
When Maxfield retired in 2005, the Maxfield Training Center was named in his honor. Although the building is closed, it is still referred to as the Maxfield Training Center.
Maxfield said the school district and community hold a special place in his heart.
“I was there long enough, and my wife and I established all kinds of connections with board members and parents and teachers and administrators … so it was very much a part of our life,” he said. “So every time we have an occasion to be in the district or community, it all comes flooding back. It was really, really an important part of our lives.”
Zurvalec said that, in the spring, a reception and building rededication will be held.
“It was an honor and privilege to work side by side with Bob Maxfield for 11 years. Bob is a visionary leader, great mentor and compassionate educator. He always led by example, and his positive impact as superintendent in our district will continue to be felt for many years to come,” she said in a statement. “We are looking forward in the spring to having a reception and rededication of the building in honor of … Bob Maxfield.”
Sharp’s letter also stated that signage from the Maxfield Training Center will be reused at the Ten Mile location.
An official date has yet to be set.
For more information, go to http://www.farmington.k12.mi.us/.