By ZEINAB NAJM
HEIGHTS — Former Dearborn Heights District 7 Trustee Mandy Drioff was appointed Nov. 22 to fill the vacancy on the Board of Education.
Drioff was chosen over the only other applicant for the vacancy, Jack Aiello. Both are products of the district and live in Dearborn Heights.
The vacancy was created by the resignation Nov. 8 of Cary Thompson. His term ending in November 2018 will be completed by Drioff.
“I’m very pleased to be back on the board,” she said. “I appreciate the support and confidence in my from the current board members.”
Prior experience for Drioff includes serving 15 years on the D7 board, secretary to the D7 assistant superintendent, special assistant to the superintendent of Wayne RESA and director of operations at the Michigan Association of School Administrators.
“I am committed to the school district, community and public education,” Drioff told the board. “I can commit the time and energy needed for this position.”
Aiello and Drioff were the only two who applied for the seat and made presentations to the board during the meeting.
Board members then had the chance to ask the candidates questions before they made suggestions and an appointment.
Both were asked about their time commitment and what challenges and opportunities they see for the district.
They agreed that finances is the biggest challenge and opportunity for the district, similar to many others. Drioff also said finding a long-term superintendent as a challenge, and Aiello said learning what everyone’s role in the district was is a challenge.
“There’s been two recent short term superintendents here and its important to have a consistent leader for the district,” Drioff said.
Following the interviews, D7 Trustee Lori Fujita made the motion nominate Drioff for the position and was supported by Trustee Marcia Lebar.
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