2016 Farmington school board candidate profile: Angie Smith

Local voters will choose among 13 candidates November 8 to fill three, six-year terms and two partial terms on the Farmington Public Schools Board of Education. Farmington Voice sent all candidates a questionnaire; responses are published as they were received.

Angie SmithAngie Smith, Farmington Hills – candidate for six-year term

54 years old, 3 daughters all graduates of Farmington Public schools. One a recent 2016 graduate. A resident for 19 years. Wayne State alumni and currently employed through EDUSTAFF and works at Farmington Central High School. Former PTA president at several schools and former PTA council president for the district and PTSA state rep for region D. Has served on several committees (sex ed., curriculum, outdoor facilities). Served on the superintendent’s team under Dr. Bob Maxfield and Co-Chair of MCMR’s MLK walk for the city of Farmington Hills for 6 years. A recent recipient of the Superintendent’s Award of Excellence 2016, and a 2016 recipient of the Public Safety Department Civilian Citation.

What is the most critical issue facing Farmington Public Schools, and how will you work to resolve it? 

What is the most critical issue facing Farmington Public Schools is the closing of Harrison High School and the teacher contract and privatization, which equals out to the budget. I would like to go in with a five year plan to stop the closing of more schools and sit in on the bargaining units to help resolve these issues and to give the teachers and non-support staff incentives to stay and lastly, the Harrison issue would be revisited if need be and if it must close to a hard close to ease the pain on students, staff and parents, so this won’t happen again. Work with all parties on stopping the private sector, it is not cost effective.