New Farmington Public Schools’ superintendent discusses plans for first year

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published June 9, 2021

 Delgado

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FARMINGTON — On May 13, the Farmington Public Schools’ Board of Education, in a 7-0 vote, offered Chris Delgado a contract to serve as the district’s next superintendent.

The decision came after an extensive interview process that saw two rounds of public interviews, where candidates took questions and discussed plans for the district.

Bobbie Goodrum, the assistant superintendent for diversity, equity and inclusion, served as the interim superintendent during the search.

“We are all so excited to welcome him to our already incredible team,” Board of Education President Terri Weems said in a press release. “We are confident he will leverage the talent in our district to produce the best outcomes for our students. We all really look forward to working with him.”

Delgado heads to FPS following a long stint as the deputy superintendent of schools for the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools district, one of the largest districts in Oakland County.

His responsibilities included the oversight of all of WLCS’s 19 schools, conducting principal evaluations, monitoring school safety measures in the district and holding due process hearings related to expulsion recommendations.

Additionally, Delgado oversaw the special services department, with close to 2,000 students with IEPs, as well as the athletic programs for seven secondary schools, with more than 7,000 students and 500 coaches in various extracurricular activities. His curricular responsibilities included the oversight of K-12 elective programs and the secondary schools’ guidance counselor programs.

After graduating from Michigan State University, he began his career as a high school and middle school Spanish teacher in Colorado Springs. Six years later he returned to Michigan as a high school Spanish teacher in Birmingham, followed by 18 years in administration, including roles as high school associate principal, middle school principal and deputy superintendent. He completed his master’s in educational administration from Michigan State University and his educational specialist and doctorate degrees from Oakland University.

“I was extremely just humbled by the board’s unanimous decision and confidence and very, very excited,” Delgado said. “I live in the Farmington district. I have a vested interest in the district and I love the area. I was very, very excited about this new stage in my professional life and the opportunity to give back to the Farmington, Farmington Hills community.”

Delgado will start with the district on July 1, and with his experience, he believes it will be a smooth transition. He plans to meet and talk with people around the district to get a better understanding of the culture.

After spending almost two years dealing with COVID-19 in schools, Delgado noted that it will be a nice transition during summer, having some time to plan for the upcoming 2021-22 school year and to get a better understanding of where the pandemic is at.

For him, FPS is a place he expects to be for a long time. He said he is putting together a 90-day plan to get things running under his leadership.

In terms of success, Delgado has a few ideas of what he’d deem a successful first year in the district, including being visible and supportive; helping with diversity, equity and inclusion; and helping to further the educational achievements of students and faculty.

“Those are the three big rocks; relationships, achievement, and then diversity, equity and inclusion,” Delgado said. “I think if we look a year out and we can make some real good headway on those areas, it will have been a successful first year.”