By ZEINAB NAJM
HEIGHTS — The Dearborn Heights District 7 Board of Education voted unanimously March 7 to hire Jennifer Mast as the district’s next interim superintendent from April 1 to June 30.
She will succeed current Interim Supt. Jeffery Bartold, who was hired in October after former Supt. John Frazer resigned in September. The board contacted Bartold to fill the void. He also served as D7 superintendent from 2006 to 2014.
A resident of Trenton, Mast earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Michigan-Dearborn in Education and Administration.
Mast began working as a teacher at O.W. Best Middle School in 1998 until 2002, then served three years as assistant principal at Best and four years as principal at Bedford Elementary School.
Mast will continue to work as a teacher at O.W. Best until she begins her term as interim superintendent.
She applied for the job in February, three candidates were interviewed before Mast was selected by the board for the interim position.
“I’m passionate and loyal to the district and have no intentions of leaving,” Mast said. “We need someone dedicated and cares about the district. I aim to make positive changes for the students, staff and parents.”
Mast also said that she has already built a relationship with the community and staff so she knows the issues facing the district.
“One area I want to work on is staff morale,” she said. “There is a lot of administrative turnover in the district and I want to help make that change.”
A job posting for the permanent superintendent position was also approved by the board during the meeting, which Mast said she intends to apply for.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)