Birmingham Public Schools welcomed its newest principal Tuesday night, with the school board approving the hiring of Mark Morawski to fill the empty principal position at the Birmingham Covington School (BCS).
Morawski, a Birmingham resident, comes to Birmingham Public Schools after spending nearly 20 years with the Farmington Public Schools district, most recently serving as principal at Farmington's Gill Elementary since 2006.
BCS has been looking to hire a new principal after the former principal, Adam Hartley, left the district at the beginning of August, taking an assistant superintendent position with Swartz Creek Community Schools in Genesee County.
Hartley led BCS — which is designed for students looking for a rigorous approach to science and interdisciplinary learning — for three years.
Morawski was named a finalist for the position in mid-November alongside Lake Orion's Oakview Middle School principal John Bernia. Both candidates met with parents at a community forum and meet-and-greet on Nov. 14 after a second interview with district officials.
Morawski's career in education spans nearly 20 years in the Farmington Public Schools District. He started teaching 5th grade at Hillside Elementary in 1994, and eventually became principal of Farmington's William Grace Elementary from 2000-06. Since then, Morawski has served as principal at Farmington's Gill Elementary.
Before entering education, Morawski worked as an account executive at Professional Marketer, Inc. from 1991-94. He earned his bachelor's degree from Denison University in Granville, OH, his master's from National-Louis University in Evanston, IL and his education specialist certificate from Wayne State University. Morawski is in the final phase of his doctoral program in administration and organizational studies at Wayne State.