School Board once again faces filling a vacancy

The Hamtramck School Board interviews a candidate to fill a vacant seat.



By Charles Sercombe

          For the second time in two years, a Hamtramck Public School Boardmember has resigned.

          In an email to the board on Wednesday, Nassr Hussain, who was elected two years ago, said he had to resign because “My other commitments have become too great for me to be able to fulfill the requirements of my position on the board, and I feel it is best for me to make room for someone with the time and energy to devote to the job.”

          Hussain runs two print shops, one in Hamtramck and another in Dearborn, as well as a mosque in Hamtramck.

          School Board President Titus Walters said that there are number of issues facing the district which requires meeting for more than just the monthly regular meeting.

          “Although it’s not a full-time job, you have to be around,” Walters said.

          Even before resigning this week, Hussain, the first Yemeni-American elected to the board, was seen little at school affairs outside the regular board meetings. During his two years, Hussain did not attend high school graduation ceremonies.

          Hamtramck Public Schools face a $3.7 million budget deficit. School boardmembers are currently considering whether to privatize custodial service as well as transportation and security.

          The board is now accepting applications to fill Hussain’s seat, which will last until next November’s election. The person who wins that election will finish out Hussian’s term, which expires Dec. 3, 2018.

          Those interested in being appointed to the position must submit a letter of interest to the school board president by 3 p.m., Jan. 10. Letters can be sent to: Hamtramck Board of Education, 3201 Roosevelt Hamtramck, MI 48212, or via email to:

          Interviews are scheduled for Jan. 14.

          To qualify, candidates must be at least 18 years old, a Hamtramck resident and a registered voter.


3 Responses to School Board once again faces filling a vacancy

  1. Moh Hus

    December 26, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Unless the school board is given more power and not forced into the micromanagement frame the charter schools will force the whole school board to be shut down.

  2. Alam

    December 26, 2013 at 5:11 am

    This is seriously getting annoying .. What’s up with this power hungry ppl quitting from their post ? A word to fellow bangali /Yemeni folks : just because we see our ppl on the ballot box doesn’t mean we have to vote for them .. Please look for the right person who really cares about our ham high .. Thank you

  3. Ahmed Samy

    January 12, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Alam said: “What’s up with this power hungry ppl quitting from their post ?”

    That is a contradicting statement. A power hungry person won’t quit their post, but rather stay and attempt to get more power.

    This sounds like an honorable exit to me. If you do not have time to do something good for the community, give others who do a chance to do so, which is what the person above did.

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