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  • By Lisa Brody

Two finalists in Birmingham superintendent search

The search for a superintendent to lead the Birmingham Public Schools district is getting closer to a final decision, with two candidates from local districts chosen as finalists for final interviews.

The two finalists selected as finalists are Dr. Christopher Delgado, Deputy Superintendent with the Walled Lake School District, and Mark Dziatczak, Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with Troy Schools.

On Tuesday, December 11, and Wednesday, December 12, the board of education announced iut will conduct interviews with the two finalists for the superintendent position. Each candidate will spend the day in the district, meeting with stakeholders, visiting schools, meeting the community and participating in a final interview that will include a presentation to the board.

Delgado will spend the day in the district on Tuesday, December 11; Dziatczak will spend the day on Wednesday, December 12.

The district's board will meet on Thursday, December 13, at 5 p.m. to deliberate on the interviews, with an official decision scheduled for Tuesday, December 18, at a board meeting.

Each candidate is seeking to replace former Birmingham Public Schools' Superintendent Dr. Daniel Nerad, who retired June 30, 2018, 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.

“We believe that as an experienced educational leader and someone who knows our community and culture, Mr. Silveri will provide a seamless leadership transition for our district in the year ahead,” the board announced on June 5.

Silveri has stated he is not in contention for the superintendent position.

The school board selected Hazard Young Attea Associates to provide the services necessary to conduct a search for its next superintendent. Hazard Young Attea is a national search firm that recruits, develops and retains leaders in order to improve student outcomes. A national search was conducted by Hazard Young Attea for Birmingham Public Schools.

The community is invited to meet the candidates during meet and greet events on both Tuesday, December 11, and Wednesday, December 12, followed by the finalists' presentations to the board and their final interview at 7 p.m. Meet and greet events and interviews will take place at the BPS Education and Administration Center, 31301 Evergreen at 13 Mile in Beverly Hills.

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