By ZEINAB NAJM
HEIGHTS — Dearborn Heights Distrcit 7 hired John Frazer as its interim superintendent during a special meeting Jan. 26.
The school board voted unanimously to hire him.
“One of the district lawyers called and asked if I would be interested in the job, and throughout I would be a good fit,” Frazer said.
The hire comes just six days after the board accepted the resignation of former Supt. Todd Thiken.
Thiken requested a leave of absence on Nov. 25 and formerly resigned on Jan. 20. He had served as superintendent for less than seven months, since being hired last summer.
“Continued health and personal issues” were sighted in Thiken’s resignation letter as reasons for resigning.
Assistant Supt. Carole Beverwyk, who had been handling Thiken’s responsibilities, will return to her duties as assistant superintendent after Frazer’s hiring.
Frazer began serving as superintendent on Jan. 30 and will continue until the end of the school year. The board will search for a permanent superintendent in the time being.
Frazer has more than 30 years of experience in education. He served as superintendent for Goodrich Area Schools for three years before retiring just over two years ago.
“I am real excited to be the interim superintendent for five moths,” he said. “It is a great school district and I hope I can help make an impact.”
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected].)