Dearborn Heights' Crestwood School District under scrutiny by parents over hiring practices

Posted at 4:36 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 18:06:50-04

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) — A local school district is under fire from some parents who are alleging unfair practices in the hiring of top positions that could include superintendent. Now, a top school board member in Crestwood Schools is responding to the criticism.

Parent Najah Jannoun tells 7 Action News she is upset about previous hires by the board that included some relatives of board members. On a Facebook group page, she and other parents recently discussed questionable hires and the need for more transparency.

School Board Vice President Colleen Krizanic agreed to speak about the issues today in an on camera interview.

“Yes. We need to make some changes,” Kriszanic admitted to Action News. “We have an outside agency that we respect looking at top candidates for us to review, for the position of sSuperintendent.”

The hiring for superintendent is expected to take place on Nov. 1. Names of top candidates have not been made public, but resumes will be reviewed Thursday. In the meantime, a meeting the same day at 5:15 p.m. will be open to the public at district headquarters for further input.