• Meet the Candidates 

    The district Board Candidate Forum will be Monday, October 10 at 7 p.m. at the Birmingham Public Schools, Education and Administration Center. The event will be hosted by the League of Women Voters, followed by a reception sponsored by the Birmingham Public Schools' PTA Council.   

    The Seaholm and Groves PTA Boards present a Board of Education Candidate Forum on Tuesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. at Seaholm High School.  

    Six candidates are running for two available seats on the Board of Education.   

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Art Jack

Art Jack Jack is native of Baton Rouge, LA and recent retiree from Ford Motor Company after 25 years of service in Research and Product Engineering. Art holds seats on the following boards: Ascension Health of SE Michigan, Florida A&M University (FAMU) - Florida State University College of Engineering (Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept., Tallahassee, FL) and Morgan State University, College of Engineering (Baltimore, MD).

He’s active in the district and community, from participating in strategic plan development, volunteering at the schools, past BCS Track & Field parent volunteer coach, Birmingham Patriot Football Coach (Jr. Freshman Head Coach for 2 years) to Parent Leader of the Birmingham African American Family Network (BAAFN). “Under my leadership, the membership list has grown to over 200 parents. The Spring HBCU College Tour is now our signature activity.  I’m committed to being THE platform for students to reach their peak in a safe environment to think, learn and act nobly.” states Art Jack.

He and his wife, Jeanne, have four children, all attended Birmingham Public Schools.

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Samuel Oh

Oh is a Family Office Manager in which he is a Principal and a board member of the Birmingham Triangle District Corridor Improvement Authority. Prior, Oh was part of a group that ran a $2.6B asset portfolio for a Fortune 100 company. Oh holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Real Estate Development from the University of Michigan.

He has three goals for running for the Birmingham Board of Education, number one is families first strategy, “I strongly believe the current Board of Education makeup does not adequately or accurately represent the interests of families with students currently attending Birmingham Schools,” states Oh. His second goal is to ensure that all students and families are treated equally and with respect by teachers and other students. Lastly, “I want to ensure we come out of our $14.3M debt and balance the budget as quickly as possible. The current plan has not yielded any guarantees and still projects a $3M deficit next year”.

Oh and his wife, Joyce, have lived in Birmingham since 2013 with their two sons within the District.

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Nicole Spencer

Spencer has been an educator for the last twenty years, ranging from School Library Media Specialist to Elementary Teacher and Preschool Teacher. Currently, Spencer works as a second-year 
building substitute at Beverly Elementary and a volunteer in the District. Spencer holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.

“I spent the majority of my career working as a school library media specialist, which developed my leadership skills and enhanced my knowledge in collaboration, innovation, problem solving, and budgeting. This skill set will serve me well as a member of the board,” states Spencer. “This fall, I will begin my second year as a building substitute at Beverly Elementary. This position gives me direct insight to the successes and challenges both students and teachers are currently facing. I am certain this will continue to provide me with valuable perspective as a board member."

Spencer and her husband, Christian, live in Beverly Hills and have one child who attends school within the District.

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Kimberly Whitman

Whitman is a former senior auditor and executive human resource professional with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Whitman started her BPS career at Beverly Elementary, holding various positions, including Treasurer and President of the PTA. In addition to her time at Beverly Elementary, Whitman has served on the BPS School Board for six years and is also a Board member of the Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF). She holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a CPA.

In 2016 Whitman was elected to the Birmingham Public Schools Board of Education and is in her sixth year as a trustee. During her time serving on the board, Whitman served as President for three years and the Treasurer and Secretary for the remaining three years. “I led and managed two superintendent searches as well as worked with two interim superintendents. I also presided over the passing of a $195 million-dollar bond and assisted in the approval of a new, five-year strategic plan,” Whitman said.

She and her husband, Alan, have lived in the District for 22 years and have two children.

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Brad Wing

Wing works as a litigation attorney for Progressive Insurance and holds degrees from Central Michigan University and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Wing states, “My interest in being on the board stems from my children. I will be a BPS parent for the next 15 years, and I like being involved. Being on the school board would allow me to help both my community and my kids. I think being an attorney provides a unique perspective as a board member, and I hope to be a positive presence.”

Wing and his wife, Leah, have lived in the District for four years and have four children who attend school within the District.

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Colleen Zammit

Zammit has been an active participant in the school district, volunteering in classrooms and various events. She is also active within the community, serving as co-chair of the swim team at Beverly Hills Athletic Club for two years and a Catechist at her parish. Zammit graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Behavior.

For the past two years, Zammit has attended almost every Board meeting and study session, participated in the listening sessions for the District budget, and shared her thoughts on how to actively engage parents in district operations. “I’ve attended superintendent selection meetings, been an active participant on the advisory committee for our 5-year strategic plan development, and participated in meetings and reviews regarding our K-8 math curriculum update,” said Zammit. “If elected I will always remember that I represent and serve the taxpayers in our district, and work to uphold parental rights in education (while recognizing a corresponding need for parental responsibilities), ensure BPS chooses proven, rigorous curricula so that all our students can reach their highest level of academic success, and run the district in a fiscally responsible manner. ”

Zammit and her husband, Chris, have lived in Beverly Hills since 2009 with their three children. Her husband, Chris, graduated from Groves High School