By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Former Dearborn Public Schools Trustee Hussein Berry and incumbent Trustee Fadwa Hammoud were sworn-in to new terms during the board’s meeting Jan. 9.
Berry works as a real estate agent in the area and first joined the DPS school board in 2009 where he served four years before leaving in 2014 to run unsuccessfully for state representative in Michigan’s 9th District.
“It’s great to be back on the board after a brief absence,” Berry said. “I stayed involved in the community even while I wasn’t on the board. I’m honored to serve on the school board again to further improve education for our teachers, students and parents in the district.”
Hammoud, an attorney, was first selected to fill the vacancy created but the resignation of Aimee Schoelles in July 2015.
“I’m thankful to continue serving on the board and the support from the community,” Hammoud said. “I look forward to the next six years with the district and enhance our education system in Dearborn.”
In the Nov. 8 general election, Berry received 16,303 votes and Hammoud 15,913 to win the six-year terms over opponents Adel Mozip and Khodr Farhat. Financial advisor Jim Thorpe won a two-year partial term in the same election and was sworn in Dec. 12.
The board openings came after the terms of Joseph Guido, Roxanne McDonald and Hammoud expired Dec. 31.
During the organizational meeting, Mariam Bazzi was elected board president for 2017, Michael Meade vice president, Berry treasurer and Mary Petlichkoff secretary.
Michael Mead was absent from the meeting due to illness.
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