Interviews for DPS Board candidates set for April 4

DEARBORN — Nine applicants for the vacant Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education seat will be interviewed during a special meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. April 4 in the Welcome Center on the Henry Ford College main campus, 5101 Evergreen,

The six remaining trustees will interview the candidates. Interviews will last 15 minutes per candidate.

Candidates submitted resumes, references and other information as part of applying for the appointment.

Whoever is appointed to the position will serve until November 2020, when the results from the next school board election are certified. Trustees govern both DPS and HFC.

The current vacancy was created when Trustee Fadwa Hammoud resigned after being appointed to serve as the Michigan solicitor general. She was concerned the appointment could create a conflict of interest with her role at trustee.

The April 4 interview schedule is:

5:30 p.m. – Amer Zahr.

5:45 p.m. – Diana Bazzi.

6 p.m. – Mohamed Nehme.

6:15 p.m. – Adel Mozip.

6:30 p.m. – Cynthia Parrelly.

6:45 p.m. – Colette Richards.

7 to 7:10 p.m. – Break.

7:10 p.m. – Samra’a Luqman.

7:25 p.m. – Adam Adamski.

7:40 p.m. – Sarah Pazur.

Two other applicants, Steve Durant and Marie Lessnau, were not available on the interview date, but the board will still consider their applications.

The interviews will be videotaped and available later on the district’s YouTube channel, https://youtube.com/user/dpscommdept.

The board has 30 days from Hammoud’s resignation date of March 17 to appoint a new trustee. To serve on the school board a person must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age, and a resident in the district.

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.