This past week the Hamtramck Board of Education interviewed six candidates for the position of superintendent.
Next week, those who made the cut will be interviewed one more time.
This is no easy job, and certainly, anyone following Superintedent Tom Niczay will have some big shoes to fill.
Niczay has been in education for 40 years, the last 10 of which as superintendent. He took the position when the district was facing a declining student enrollment and a multi-million dollar budget deficit.
Niczay and his team straightened out the district to where we now have a healthy student enrollment and a $9.8 million budget surplus.
Choosing the right superintendent is going to be a challenge, to say the least. We do not envy the position school board members are in.
It’s important that the next superintendent be someone who can face the challenges of any inner-city school district – especially one as culturally diverse as Hamtramck.
Boardmembers need to think long and hard before making a decision. And if it turns out there is not one single candidate who would make a good fit here, it’s also wise for boardmembers to then start the search all over.
April 26, 2019