Final four interview for superintendent position

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published March 20, 2017

File photo by Victoria Mitchell


ROYAL OAK — The applicant pool for the Royal Oak Schools superintendent position recently was narrowed to a short list that included two professionals familiar to those living in the area.

Royal Oak High School Principal Mike Geromini and Berkley Schools Assistant Superintendent Mary Beth Fitzpatrick were two of the four candidates vying to replace current Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin, who will retire at the end of June.

“I’m humbled to be selected as a candidate for Royal Oak Schools superintendent,” Giromini said. “Through my experiences at Royal Oak High School, I know this is a community I am truly proud to serve, and I look forward to continuing to improve our students’ educational opportunities.”

Giromini officially joined Royal Oak High School as principal in September 2015.

Prior to joining Royal Oak Schools, he was a director of regional school improvement and accountability and a curriculum coordinator for Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. He has been an associate principal at the International Academy and has taught at both the International Academy and in the South Redford School District.

Giromini is a Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan.

Giromini’s interview is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21.

Fitzpatrick has been an assistant superintendent for more than 10 years and has been in education for 31 years. She has been an elementary school principal, high school assistant principal, instructional support and staff development specialist and special education teacher, all in Berkley Schools.

She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Detroit.

“When I first heard that Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin was retiring, I immediately began to think about and plan to apply for the position,” she said.

Fitzpatrick said Royal Oak is a vibrant district and community, and at this point in her career, she thinks it would be a good fit and an honor to be its superintendent.

“It is something that I always thought about, and when it’s a good fit and it’s a district like Royal Oak that has the opening, I didn’t hesitate to apply,” she said.

Fitpatrick’s interview is scheduled to take place at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 22.

The additional two candidates rounding out the interview roster are Deputy Superintendent of Walled Lake Schools Christopher Delgado and Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services for Farmington Public Schools Aaron Johnson.

Delgado’s interview is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. March 21 and Johnson’s interview is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 22.

Thomas White, Michigan Association of School Boards executive search consultant, is heading the search and said the Board of Education reviewed 31 applications for the position.

The applications were screened via a preselected criteria set by the Board of Education, which included input from the community and district employees before the four candidates were announced March 15.

White said this is the first round of interviews.

All interviews are conducted by the Board of Education and are open to the public.

White said that following the second interview on March 22, the board was scheduled to discuss the candidates and determine its next steps in the selection process. 

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The Royal Oak Schools Board of Education meets in the boardroom of the district administrative offices, 800 DeVillen Ave.