By ZEINAB NAJM
HEIGHTS — Dearborn Heights District 7 made interim Supt. John Frazer as its permanent superintendent.
The board unanimously voted to hire Frazer during a special board meeting April 28 finalizing a three-year contract.
Frazer was hired as interim superintendent unanimously by the board on Jan. 26 and began his duties on Jan. 30.
Six weeks after getting the interim superintendent job, the board began talks with Frazer about the permanent position.
“I’ve enjoyed my time and happy about what the future holds,” Frazer said.
Former Supt. Todd Thiken requested a leave of absence on Nov. 25 and formerly resigned on Jan. 20.
Thiken had served as superintendent for less than seven months, since being hired last summer. Thiken’s resignation letter listed “continued health and personal issues” as his reasons for resigning.
Frazer has more than 30 years of experience in education. He spent four years in Holton Public Schools as superintendent. He then served as superintendent for Goodrich Area Schools for three years before retiring just over two years ago.
“I’m excited about earning the position,” Frazer said. “District 7 is a great school district with a tremendous board and staff.”
Frazer also acknowledged that improvements still need to be made to ensure the district has a bright future.
“A couple of main issues we need to improve include our finances and developing the curriculum for students,” he said.
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