Parents, students and Farmington Schools staff sifted through a field of 62 candidates for the position of Harrison High principal, but one man stood out from the crowd.
"Although many of them caught our eye," assistant superintendent Catherine Cost told Farmington School Board members Tuesday, "Lawrence Stroughter captured out heart."
Cost said Stroughter, who was most recently an assistant principal at Salem High School in Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, used words in the interview process like "I have served students" and "personal integrity." She said he focused on details that would "improve student achievement."
"We know that he is the right fit for Harrison High School," she said.
After officials unanimously approved Stroughter's appointment to the post, he said Harrison is "a beautiful place. The staff is outstanding, and the student body has demonstrated to me they have the potential to be the best ever."
"We're gonna do great things at Harrison," he added.
Stroughter replaces Dr. Jim Myers, a former Harrison principal, who came out of retirement to serve as interim administrator after Aaron Johnson announced his resignation in June. The new principal also served as the district-wide math curriculum leader for Plymouth-Canton Schools and before that, was a teacher and math curriculum leader at Detroit Cass Technical High School.
He moves into his new office on Jan. 3, 2013.