July 26 the deadline to file to run for two open school board seats

Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education members pose for a photo on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. From the left is Superintendent Glenn Maleyko, Board Secretary Irene Watts, Trustee Hussein Berry, Trustee Jim Thorpe, Board President Roxanne McDonald, Trustee Mary Petlichkoff, Board Vice President Adel Mozip, and Henry Ford College President Russ Kavalhuna. Not shown is Trustee Pat D’Ambrosio.

Dearborn Public Schools will have two school board seats up for election in November, and those interested in running need to file by July 26 at 4 p.m. to be on the ballot.

Both seats on the Nov. 8 ballot will be for full six-year terms.  Those elected will serve from January 2023 through December 2028.

Dearborn School trustees oversee both Dearborn Public Schools and Henry Ford College. They are responsible for the budget at both institutions and hiring, overseeing and evaluating the district superintendent and college president. Trustees are not involved directly in day-to-day operations in the district.  Those who want to learn more about the board’s role are encouraged to watch some recent board meetings on the district’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/dpscommdept.

Citizens interested in running for school board need to file their completed paperwork with the Dearborn City Clerk’s Office by July 26 at 4 p.m.  Filing documents can be picked up from the Dearborn City Clerk’s office.

To be eligible to run, a person must be at least 18 years of age, a United States citizen and live within the Dearborn Public School District. The district includes almost all of Dearborn and a small section of Dearborn Heights.  A person is not eligible for election if they have been convicted of certain felonies in the last 20 years.

The required filing paperwork includes a school board candidate affidavit and a nominating petition with at least 40 signatures but not more than 100. A candidate can pay $100 instead of collecting signatures.  The Dearborn City Clerk’s office is at 16901 Michigan Avenue.  A notary will be available at the office to notarize the affidavit.

The deadline to withdraw from the school board race is July 29 at 4 p.m.

The seats up for election this year are currently held by Trustees Hussein Berry and Pat D’Ambrosio.

For more helpful resources, those interested in serving on the Board of Education are encouraged to review the Michigan Association of School Board’s 2022 Candidates Guide.  MASB is also hosting live town hall meetings this summer to provide would-be candidates with more information.  See their Get on Board website register for an event.