DPS seeking applications for vacant board seat

DEARBORN — Dearborn Public Schools is seeking applications from school district residents to fill a partial board term after Trustee Fadwa Hammoud resigned from her position last week.

Hammoud, a 2003 Fordson High School graduate, served on the board for more than three years. In January, she was appointed to serve as Michigan solicitor general and has since decided to resign her board seat to avoid any potential conflict of interest between the two positions.

In her resignation letter to Board President Mary Petlichkoff, Hammoud thanked the board for its dedication to the community.

“Precisely because my success has been possible due to the help of others, like yourself, I live with the perpetual desire to give back to the great people of our state,” Hammoud wrote. “That desire is at the heart of my lifelong commitment to public service, and I am eager to continue that work, armed with the courage you and the rest of the Dearborn Public Schools and Henry Ford College family instilled in me.”

As solicitor general, Hammoud is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases for the state of Michigan, including those from the Flint water crisis. She previously served as a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney. She was appointed to the School Board in July 2015 to fill a vacancy and then elected as trustee in November 2016. When she resigned, she was serving as Secretary.

“I want to thank Trustee Hammoud for her dedicated service to the Dearborn community and now to the entire state of Michigan,” Supt. Glenn Maleyko said. “We are always proud to see the success not only of a community member, but a proud product of Dearborn Public Schools, and we know she will serve the state well.”

The board has 30 days from Hammoud’s resignation date to appoint a new trustee.

Any U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age living in the DPS district may apply for the vacant seat. Applications will be accepted through March 26. Those interested should hand deliver or send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to the Dearborn Public Schools Administration Building, 18700 Audette, Room 6, Dearborn, MI 48124. All materials must be in the Administration Building by 4:30 p.m.

The board will review all submitted applications, and all of those eligible to serve will be interviewed. The Board will determine an interview schedule based on the number of applications submitted.

The applicant selected will serve on the board until the next general election in November 2020. Trustees serve as the board for both DPS and Henry Ford College.

The board sets district policy and budget, hires and evaluates the superintendent and college president, approves union contracts and pay scales, and oversees construction and other major building issues. Trustees are not directly involved in day-to-day operations of the schools or college.

Anyone wanting a better understanding of the board’s role may view previous school board meetings on the DPS YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/dpscommdept.