By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Financial advisor Jim Thorpe officially became a Dearborn Public Schools trustee after being sworn in during the Dec. 12 Board of Education meeting.
State Board of Education Supt. — and former DPS Supt. — Brian Whiston attended the meeting to swear in Thrope for the two-year partial term.
“I want to thank my family for their support,” Thorpe said. “I’m proud to be part of the board and am ready to serve the students, parents and staff in the district.”
Trustee Mary Lane congratulated Thrope during the meeting.
“Thank you to the family,” she said. “We board members know how much you’ll be giving up as Trustee Thorpe takes on a lot of duties. A lot of reading, a lot of meetings, but it’s a real service to the children of Dearborn and to the taxpayers of Dearborn. I’m sure everyone is grateful and we’re very proud to have you.”
Thorpe won the seat during the Nov. 8 general election beating his opponent Faize El-Khali with 19,314 votes to 11,261 votes.
The opening for the position, along with two other full-term positions, opened up after the terms of Trustees Joseph Guido, Roxanne McDonald and Fadwa Hammoud were set to expire Dec. 31.
Hammoud and former Trustee Hussein Berry won a full six-year term on the board during the election. They will be sworn in January for the positions.
Guido first joined the board in 1993 serving a total of 23 years, and McDonald joined board in 2012.
Guido said another six-year term was just to long for him to return to the board. McDonald said she looks forward to spending time with her family, but will remain involved in the community.
“He’s been great as far as stability and leadership,” DPS Supt. Glenn Mayleko said of Guido. “He knows the history and really provides some great sound advice. I know he got into it for the students, so did McDonald to really make a difference.”
Mayleko also recognized McDonald whom he met while a principal at DuVall Middle School because of her involvement with the PTA.
“She was the board president when I got appointed in 2015 and I really appreciated her great support,” Mayleko said. “She’s been very visible in the schools and with our students. I want to thank her for her years of service to the district.”
Maleyko presented Guido and McDonald with a state Symbol of Excellence of their service.
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