School Board Appreciation

2018 Dearborn Board of Education

– Board selects new officers at first meeting of 2018

As part of School Board Recognition Month, Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko took time at the January 8, 2018 School Board meeting to thank the Trustees for their service to the community.

“School Board Trustees dedicate a lot of time sharing their expertise to benefit the students and families of our District. They are very knowledgeable about the workings of our district and the latest issues impacting education. As Superintendent, I truly appreciate the diversity of experience and professionalism our Trustees bring to the table,” commented Maleyko.

School Board members in Dearborn develop policies and make tough decisions that help shape the future of instruction in the District. They bear responsibility for the third largest district in the State of Michigan with an annual budget of more than $170 million, an enrollment of 21,000 students, and employs 2,700 staff members working in 34 buildings.

In addition, trustees that serve on the Dearborn School Board serve as trustees for Henry Ford College. They are the only school board trustees in the state that also serve as trustees for a local college. This dual responsibility means trustees spend twice the amount of time dedicated to serving the community. They evaluate both the Superintendent and College President, attend twice the number of meetings, and must keep abreast of issues, laws, and legislation impacting both P-12 and the College.

At the Board meeting Superintendent Maleyko commented, “I’ve worked with all of these Board members on important issues over the past year including, just to name a few: expanding our early childhood and teacher home visit programs, leadership during contract negotiations, long term solutions to capacity concerns, and an ongoing commitment to establishing measurable goals that will steer our district for years to come. We thank our Board for their hard work, dedication and collaborative partnership.”

2018 Dearborn Board of Education
The 2018 Dearborn Board of Education, from left to right:
Trustee Mary Lane, Secretary Hussein Berry, Trustee Celia Nasser, President Michael Meade, Vice President Mary Petlichkoff, Trustee James Thorpe and Treasurer Fadwa Hammoud.

The Board began the year with a brief organizational meeting to select new officers. Trustee Michael Meade was selected as President and Mary Petlichkoff will take on the responsibilities of Vice-President. Board veteran Hussein Berry will take on the duties of Board Secretary and trustee Fadwa Hammoud will serve as Treasurer.

School Board members serving the students in the Dearborn Public Schools are:
Term Expires Years Served Year Elected
Trustee Hussein Berry 12-31-22 5* Jan. 2017
Trustee Fadwa Hammoud 12-31-22 2.5** July 2015
Trustee Mary Lane 12-31-18 17*** Jan. 2000
Trustee Michael Meade 12-31-20 3 Jan. 2015
Trustee Celia Nasser 11-6-18 .5 appointed June 2017
Trustee Mary Petlichkoff 12-31-20 7**** Jan. 2007
Trustee James Thorpe 12-31-18 1 Nov.2016

* Served on Board from Jan. 2010–Dec. 2013
**Appointed July 2015 to serve 17 month term
***Did not serve on the Board in 2008
**** Served on Board from Jan. 2007–Dec. 2010

The Dearborn Board of Education, and the hundreds like it across the state, preserves the core of the United States’ democracy, public education. They ensure that decisions on school programming are made by people elected to represent the community’s values, culture and circumstances. They are citizens whose decisions affect students and build the local community.