BPS superintendent takes extended medical leave

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published November 9, 2020


BIRMINGHAM — Without much detail, the Birmingham Public Schools Board of Education announced recently that Superintendent Mark Dziatczak is on an extended medical leave, with no date for an anticipated return.

BPS Board of Education President Kimberly Whitman emailed district families in late October, explaining that Dziatczak would be on leave immediately, the board would need to appoint an interim superintendent, and until a hire could be made, Deputy Superintendent Rachel Feder would oversee the district.

 Just a few days later, the board decided George Heitsch would serve more permanently in the interim role.

Heitsch previously served as interim superintendent for South Lyon Community Schools following five years as superintendent of Farmington Public Schools and eight years as superintendent of the Avondale School District.

“I am honored to be serving in this interim capacity for the Birmingham Public Schools staff and community. This is well-regarded as an exceptional place to learn and grow in our county and state, and while the pandemic has left us all feeling uncertain about our path forward, I believe we can continue the good work already taking place in BPS,” Heitsch said in a prepared statement.

He added that his priorities while at the helm of the district are just to make sure things continue on the same trajectory.

“I believe we can continue the good work already taking place in BPS. I look forward to continuing this work and supporting the community for the time being,” he said.

Asked why Dziatczak needed to take leave, BPS Communications Director Anne Cron said she could not disclose any details for privacy reasons.