Oakland Schools superintendent resigns

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

The Oakland Schools superintendent is resigning after more than a decade leading the district, officials said.

The Oakland Schools Board of Education accepted Vickie Markavitch’s resignation during a meeting Monday. She is expected to continue her duties until the panel selects a replacement.

“After a long and varied career in education, I must say the past decade at Oakland Schools has been most rewarding,” she said in a statement. “The work done by this organization on behalf of students and schools across our county is truly remarkable and the people doing that work even more so. It has been a privilege to work, learn and share with the Oakland educational community and I will always treasure my time here.”

Markavitch, who took over the post in 2004, added she had spent months mulling her next career phase and “decided to wind down a bit.”

“While I want to continue working on behalf of public education, I’d like to do so in a more part-time position so I can also spend more time with my family — especially those grandchildren who are growing up so fast,” she said.

Meanwhile, the school board Monday moved to create a committee to examine the planning, process and timeline involved in choosing a successor, district officials said in a statement.

“We are reluctant to approve this resignation,” said Barb DeMarco, the school board president. “Dr. Markavitch’s incredible leadership and advocacy for public education will be missed, but we respect her desire to spend more time with family and use her talents to support public education in other ways.”

While at Oakland Schools, Markavitch “spearheaded a move to a data-based decision-making model, continuous improvement processes, and accountability reporting to ISD users,” according to the district website.

Before heading the district that educates an estimated 230,000 students in Oakland County, Markavitch was superintendent for Indiana’s Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. as well as two districts in Illinois, according to her online biography.

The Michigan State University graduate’s career also includes stints as a director of secondary instruction and special programs in Niles; an elementary school principal and reading coordinator/learning disabilities consultant in Bridgman, Mich.; as well as a special education teacher in Farmington, Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, the biography said.

This year, Markavitch was among the final candidates for state superintendent of public instruction.