Two finalists have been selected for a second interview in their quest to become the next Superintendent of Melvindale-Northern Allen Park Schools.
Of the six applicants originally selected for consideration, Ryan Vranesich and Linda Lazar emerged as the Board of Education’s top two choices. Council members made their decision at the regular council meeting held on Monday evening.
Of the two candidates, Vranesich is probably the more familiar name to many families in the school district, as he is the principal of Melvindale High School.
Lazar currently serves as the associate superintendent of the Crestwood School District, one of five districts serving students in Dearborn Heights.
The other four candidates who took part in an initial round of interviews were
Nayal Maktari, principal of the Walled Lake Consolidated School District; Jacqueline Parker, Mel-NAP Schools Program Director; Jason Salhaney, Principal of Van Buren Public Schools; and Kevin Brock, assistant superintendent of School District No. 7 in Dearborn Heights.
The members of the jury were impressed with the six candidates, so much so that they added an extra step to the process before narrowing down the list.
The six candidates were invited back last week, over a two-day period, for a test that tested their communication skills.
Jay Bennett, associate director of executive search services for the Michigan Association of School Boards that facilitates the search process for Mel-NAP schools, said finalists were chosen after each board member was asked to give his first two choices.
The names of Vranesich and Lazar emerged as the clear choices for each board member, Bennett said.
The two remaining candidates will be interviewed on March 21, but community members will have the opportunity to meet them both before their interviews at Melvindale High School, 18656 Prospect St.
Candidates will be available from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. interview with Vranesich and then an 8:30 p.m. interview with Lazar. Both interviews are open to the public.
“The plan is to select a superintendent that night,” Bennett said.
In the event that the Board of Directors cannot agree or needs more time to reflect on its choice, another meeting will be held the following week.