By Charles Sercombe
The search for a new superintendent for Hamtramck’s public schools is down to two candidates.
Dr. Youssef Mosallam and Jaleelah Ahmed made the final cut after the board interviewed a total of six candidates last week.
Mosallam is the Executive Director of Community Partnerships, College & Career Readiness Achievement for the Dearborn Public Schools.
Ahmed is the Director for English Language Development with the Hamtramck Public Schools.
The vote to whittle down the candidates to two finalists was initially splintered, but once there was an agreement, with a bare majority of the vote, the board was unanimous in moving forward the final two candidates for further consideration.
Boardmember Showkat Chowdhury was absent during all the interviews with the six candidates.
The vote on finalizing the two candidates was held Friday evening after the final round of candidates were interviewed.
The final interviews will be this week, starting Tuesday, April 30, with Mosallam at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building at 3201 Roosevelt St.
Ahmed will be interviewed this Thursday, May 2, also at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building.
Both interviews are open to the public.
After this interview round, the board will visit the Dearborn School District.
The school board is expected to make a decision on who to hire during the week of May 13.
Current Superintendent Tom Niczay is retiring after 40 years in education, the last 10 of which as superintendent.
April 29, 2019
Updated on April 29 at 8:20 p.m.
Updated on April 30, 2019
Photo of Dr. Mosallam updated April 30, 2019