Four Candidates Have Filed for Three Saline Board of Education Seats

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 07/15/2016 - 21:40

As of Friday there were four candidates for three Saline Board of Education positions that will be determined by the November election.

Incumbents Dennis Valenti and Alan Brilliant officially filed their paperwork to run. Both were appointed to fill vacated seats on the board.

Valenti and Brilliant join Michael McVey and Scott Hummel on the ballot.

The deadline for filing to run is 4 p.m., July 26.

Valenti, 58, is an attorney and alumni of Saline Area Schools. Valenti explained why he wishes to be re-elected to the board.

“Having served on the Board for just over a year now, I look forward to being able to continue to promote educational excellence and fiscal responsibility, just as I have during my first year on the board,” Valenti said. “As an attorney, a former financial officer and a former college instructor, I believe I have much to contribute to the board. As an alumni of Saline Area Schools and previously having served 10 years as a trustee of the Foundation for Saline Area Schools, I believe I have a deep understanding of and commitment to our community.”

Brilliant, 42, is co-founder and managing partner of Four Financial Management and PROVZR. Brilliant explained his motivation for running.

“I have always believed in giving back to the community and with young children in the Saline Area Schools, I have a vested interest in our district continuing to excel. Serving on the Board of Education over of the past year, I have learned that although our district’s financials have been improving, Saline still faces many long term financial challenges,” Brilliant said. “Running for the school board will allow me to continue working and advocating for fiscal responsibility and high quality education for all children in our community.”

McVey, 58, is an associate professor at Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education. He previous taught English and special education for 19 years. McVey said he wishes to support the great educational programs while helping guided the district into the future.

“After almost 40 years teaching, I have seen many schools and worked with some extraordinary educators. Since enrolling my daughter here, I have been impressed with the level of professionalism and genuine caring Saline's teachers have for their students - our children. I believe, as a board member, I could help champion the best we have to offer and to help this district stay focused despite the many changes and challenges ahead,” McVey said. “I have visited some of our next gen classes and know it will take support for new approaches and practices as those tech-infused students enter middle and high schools looking for real-world challenges and collaboration. As a board member, I would be in a position to help showcase our strengths in the fine arts, in sports, in academics, and in our many superb extracurricular activities and support services.”

Scott Hummel has been a teacher in Dearborn for 19 years, has twin sons at Harvest Elementary School.

"I want to be on the school board to help continue the great things our students are doing now and into the future. I feel that I can bring a fresh voice and perspective," Hummel said.  "I have been a teacher in the Dearborn Public Schools for 19 years and during that time have served numerous rules,  both teaching and administrative."

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