• By Lisa Brody

Two public forums in superintendent search

The public is invited to two information gathering forums being held by the Birmingham Public Schools Board of Education as part of the superintendent search, to assist the search firm in creating a candidate profile.

The information gathering forums, one to be held on Wednesday, September 12, from 6-8 p.m. at BPS Education and Administration Center, 31301 Evergreen Road in Beverly Hills, and the second, on Monday, September 17, from 6-8 p.m. at Seaholm High School, are designed to help the search firm of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) create a candidate profile for a new superintendent to lead Birmingham Schools.

Former Superintendent Dr. Daniel Nerad retired June 30, after six years with the district.

At the June 5 board meeting, the school board named John Silveri as interim superintendent. Silveri, who retired in 2015 as superintendent of the Waterford School District, has been with Birmingham Public Schools since, as both interim Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and interim Deputy Superintendent for School Administration. Silveri has stated he is not in contention for the superintendent position.

Hazard Young Attea is a national search firm that recruits, develops and retains leaders in order to improve student outcomes.

“Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA), takes a research-based approach to matching the right leader with the goals and priorities of the school system and its community. Our disciplined and inclusive approach to community engagement ensures all stakeholders have the opportunity to be part of the search process,” they state on their website.

BPS Board President Kim Whitman invites anyone unable to attend the community forums to share their feedback of the characteristics and skills desired in a new superintendent, using a survey, which will be available on the district's website beginning Friday, September 7 through October 5, at birmingham.k12.mi.us/ .

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