School Boardmember resigns

Maggie Srodek


By Charles Sercombe
In an unexpected announcement, Hamtramck School Boardmember Maggie Srodek submitted her resignation.
Srodek, who has served on the board for eight years, many of them as president, said it came down to family.
“It’s been a lot of everything, and not enough time in the day for my family,” Srodek told The Review.
Srodek’s family owns Srodek’s Campau Quality Sausage Company on Jos. Campau, and recently opened a new market in Sterling Heights. Srodek also recently had a child.
At a special school board budget meeting on June 29, Srodek submitted her resignation, which became effective after that meeting.
She told the board that her decision didn’t come easy.
“It pains me, but it is the right decision,” Srodek said.
Srodek has seen the district through its most financially difficult times. At one point, the district struggled to address a $5 million budget deficit.
Through a number of cuts – including privatizing some jobs – the district bounced back, and now has an $11 million budget surplus.
Under Srodek, the district was also successful in getting voter approval for a bond to upgrade and repair schools.
The district is now also seeking another bond to continue with building improvements, as well as to build a new school.
Srodek had nothing but praise for the district, which has a student enrollment of over 3,000, and where over 20 languages and dialects are spoken.
“It’s a one-of-a-kind district,” she told her fellow boardmembers.
Her seat will now be filled by an appointment by the school board. The deadline for candidates to be considered for the appointment is today, Friday, July 10 at 11:59 p.m.
For those interested in the position, you must submit a letter of interest and a resume, by email to:
Interviews of candidates will begin next week.
Posted July 10, 2020

Updated on July 10: It was incorrectly reported that Maggie Srodek was School Board Vice President. She is not. The Board Board Vice President is Salah Hadwan. We regret the error and apologize for any inconvenience.

10 Responses to School Boardmember resigns

  1. Jihan Aiyash

    July 10, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Maggie is our school board secretary. How does the newspaper we pay to publish accurate news not know this? Charles this is ridiculous!

  2. Resident

    July 11, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    Notwithstanding what has been written on this article, does anyone know why did she resign? Does the encounter at Caniff & Campau have got something to do with it?

    Wishing Maggie well!!!


  3. Riddle me this

    July 12, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Jihan, why didn’t the school board publicize the vacancy? Especially when there is a lot of talk about the school millage? It looks like the board tried sneaking the vacancy by without telling anyone about it. Why weren’t there any posts on Facebook regarding the vacancy?

  4. csercombe

    July 12, 2020 at 11:02 am

    it was published in the review, and this week on the front page in the quick hits column.

  5. Dennis Nowak

    July 12, 2020 at 6:14 pm


    There is speculation that “the incident at Caniff & Campau” MAY have had something to do with Maggie Srodek’s sudden resignation. That incident being when she admittedy pointed a handgun at a black teenage motorist and ordered him to his knees.

    Why it may not have:

    (A) she has given a separate reason for resigning;

    (B) she is an elected official and cannot be “fired”;

    (C) there has been no indication from either the police or the prosecutor that they suspect her of unreasonable conduct – the police did not even mention her 9mm handgun in their police reports;

    (D) no board member has publicly complained about the gun incident.

    Hamtramck City Council needs to award Maggie Srodek a citizen commendation for her courage in preventing a suspect from possibly leaving an accident scene.

  6. Resident

    July 13, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks @Dennis.

    Perhaps she felt being marginalized at the school board. So, she decided to walk away. Wish she stayed and served out her term.

    Perhaps she is taking time off to prepare herself to take over from Mrs. Majewski. 🙂

    Don’t think anyone can say that she’d be unqualified for this role.


  7. Roadman

    July 13, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Could Maggie be elected in 2021 as mayor? Hmmmmm……..

    Other possible candidates include Abe Aiyash, Kamal Rahman, or Mohammed Hassan.

  8. Resident

    July 13, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    @Roadman- If these are the candidates, Maggie will win.

    A Bangla as a first language speaker

  9. Parent

    July 14, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    I support HPS 100%!!! Jalelah is the leadership we need.

  10. Resident

    July 15, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    @Parent – this resident supports HPS too. Sending kids to HPS. Jaleelah Ahmed is sitting on 12 million dollars. She doesn’t need any more money. Vote NO on school bond. Save your money.

    This resident is voting NO.


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