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The Council of the Great City Schools honored two chief operating officers, bestowing the Distinguished Service Award to Christopher Farkas of Hillsborough County Public Schools and Fran Burns of the School District of Philadelphia at the Council’s Chief Operating Officers Conference, April 4-7, in New Orleans.
The council, which brings together the nation’s largest urban public school systems in an effort to improve the education of urban schoolchildren, awards this honor to school chiefs who demonstrate a personal commitment to leadership, innovation, and professionalism in urban education.
Mr. Farkas is responsible for the district's energy conservation, growth management maintenance, planning and construction, student nutrition services and transportation.
“As chief operating officer of Hillsborough County Public Schools, Mr. Farkas has contributed his time to work with the Council to strengthen the leadership, management, operations and resource use in America’s large urban schools,” says Council spokesman Henry Duvall.
For the last three years Farkas has successfully implemented significant organizational improvement plans, strategic initiatives, and program/construction management for major construction projects and programs.
Superintendent of Schools, Jeff Eakins shared, "I am so proud of Chris. The role of the operations officer is extremely demanding and requires making tough decisions. Chris does an amazing job and always makes decisions with a focus on students and what is in their best interest."
His staff recognizes his contributions and dedication to HCPS. “He is one of the most dedicated believers in our mission at HCPS, which is to boost student achievement and to help prepare all students for life. His contributions to HCPS reflect the very best of public service, and there is no person more deserving,” said Jessica Vega, Community Engagement Specialist at Transportation.
Farkas grew up in Indiana and attended the University of Alabama, where he earned a secondary education bachelor’s degree in comprehensive social sciences. He has a master’s degree in educational leadership from National Louis University.
Since 1999, Farkas has worked in the District as a teacher, coordinator for youth services, assistant principal, and principal. He also served as the Area Leadership Director for Area 8.
Congratulations Mr. Farkas!
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