DPS aims to select new board member June 19

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Dearborn Public Schools trustees will wait until June 19 for a decision on a new board member after a decision could not be reached June 12.

During a meeting at the Administrative Service Center, a vote was taken to select a new board member from six candidates but no one candidate received the four votes needed.

The candidates are former Trustees Roxanne McDonald and Alex Shami, software developer Adel Mozip, business owner Celia Nasser, human health counselor Zeinab Sobh, and preschool teacher Irene Watts.

Trustees Mary Lane, Michael Meade and Fadwa Hammoud voted for Nasser while Trustees Mary Petlichkoff and Jim Thorpe voted for McDonald.

Trustee Hussein Berry did not participate in the vote just as he abstained from the interview process the meeting prior.

A second vote took place yielding the same results, so the board agreed to table the agenda item until its Henry Ford College Board of Trustees meeting June 19.

Whoever is appointed will serve until November 2018 and then run will have to run in the next election to complete the term. If someone is not appointed within 30 days Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency takes over the process.

On June 6, all six candidate were interviewed for 15 minutes where they answered the same six questions and made a closing statement.

The open board seat became available when Board President Mariam Bazzi was appointed to the Wayne County Circuit Court last month by Gov. Rick Snyder.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)