Ferndale district hires UHS principal as assistant superintendent

District will look to hire internally for principal vacancy

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published July 27, 2020

 University High School Principal Johanna Mracna has been hired as Ferndale Public Schools’ new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. The district will look to hold interviews for her replacement at the  school immediately.

University High School Principal Johanna Mracna has been hired as Ferndale Public Schools’ new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. The district will look to hold interviews for her replacement at the school immediately.

File photo provided by Ferndale Public Schools

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FERNDALE — Ferndale Public Schools is promoting from within to fill its vacant assistant superintendent position.

The district’s Board of Education decided July 20 to hire University High School Principal Johanna Mracna as its new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

“I’m excited to work with the team in Ferndale,” she said. “We have a really wonderful staff who’s really committed to our students, and I think that using our strategic plan as a road map for the next five years, we’ll be able to really match what we do instructionally and curriculum-wise with the board’s vision for the district.”

Superintendent Dania Bazzi felt Mracna’s “understanding and commitment” to Ferndale’s equity vision was the main reason she secured the job. She also cited her longevity with the district as a factor in her hire.

“She’s been a part of the Ferndale family since 2006 and has dedicated the majority of her career to Ferndale Public Schools,” she said. “She’s had great success as the principal of University High School, really transforming the climate and culture of that building, and we felt that she’d be able to help us at the district level with an immediate impact, especially during these times.”

Mracna leaves UHS for the district job after two years as head of the school. She previously served as a science and instructional lead teacher for the 12 years prior.

While the immediate focus for the district is working on its return-to-school plan amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Mracna said she’s really excited to get together with the district to work on its equity vision.

“I’m excited for the teams that we have and the teams that we’ll form to really take our strategic plan and fully implement it over the five years,” she said. “We have a new strategic plan in the district that will cover the next five years, so I think that our work around equity, diversity and inclusion is really going to be at the forefront.”

The district posted its opening for the vacant UHS job last week, only allowing internal candidates to apply. The deadline for a person to send in their application was July 25.

Bazzi hopes to conduct interviews soon and fill the position “immediately.”

“In a position like this, we want somebody who is forward thinking in terms of teaching and learning, while ensuring equitable opportunities within our educational system at Ferndale Public Schools,” she said. “One of the major things that we’re gonna be looking at is really looking at our curriculum and really assessing how it ties into our equity vision and our strategic plan.”

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