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June 12, 2014
Moussa Hamka is expected to be named the new principal at Grosse Pointe South High School, pending final approval of his appointment by the Grosse Pointe Board of Education at its June 23 meeting.

Hamka, 33, is currently assistant principal at North Farmington High School.

"I am excited to be considered as a final candidate in the district's process to find the next principal of Grosse Pointe South High School," Hamka said. "I look forward to meeting the South community next week as the process continues. The Grosse Pointe schools have a reputation for excellence and I would be honored to be a part of that tradition."

According to district spokesperson Rebecca Fanning, Hamka was the top candidate in a field of 58 who had applied for the position following the resignation of Matt Outlaw, who is leaving to become superintendent of the Brandon District.

Hamka graduated from Wayne State University in 2003 with a bachelor of science degree in education, and earned a master's degree in educational leadership from Wayne State in 2004. He had been a math teacher at West Bloomfield High School from 2003 to 2010 before serving for one year as assistant principal at Canton High School. He has been at the 1,400- student North Farmington High School for three years. Hamka is an adjunct professor in the Mathematics Department at Henry Ford College. He resides in Dearborn.

The community is invited to meet Hamka on Tuesday, June 17. from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the South Student Commons.

According to school superintendent Tom Harwood, there will be forms available at this event for attendees to fill out to provide feedback to the administration regarding Hamka.

Harwood also said that Grosse Pointe staff and community members will be conducting a site visit on Monday, June 16 to the Farmington school district.

"From the feedback forms, site visit, and reference checks, we are still in the process of determining the recommendation for this administrative position," Harwood said in an email sent out late Tuesday afternoon.

According to Fannon, the district's principal selection committee initially narrowed the field of 58 applicants down to eight, and those candidates were interviewed on May 27.

Following those interviews, four candidates were selected to move forward.

Interviews with those candidates were held on Tuesday, June 3, with Hamka receiving the final recommendation.

Outlaw announced his resignation the end of April, effective June 30.

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