Superintendent Finalist Community Forums

MSD will welcome Mr. John A. Serrano and Ms. Taiyabah Naeem, the final candidates for the superintendent position. Over a three-day period of December 13, 14, and 15, their visits will include campus tours, meetings with students, staff, and administrators, and an interview with the MSD Board of Trustees.

The school community and the larger community are invited to meet and learn about each candidate during a community forum held on the evenings of December 13 and 14. Each will present their vision of transforming MSD through its strengths. This is also an opportunity for the community to ask questions of each candidate and provide feedback on them to the Board of Trustees through the completion of a survey.

While MSD had hoped to offer community events at both campuses, we regret that we cannot offer an in-person event at the Columbia campus due to technology and scheduling constraints. Therefore, the forums will be held at the Frederick campus only. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. However, the forum will also be available to view via Zoom webinar. Registration is required to attend either the in-person event or the live-stream. 

The community forum will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Ely Auditorium on the Frederick campus. Mr. John A. Serrano will present on Tuesday, December 13, and Ms. Taiyabah Naeem will present on Wednesday, December 14. Please note that the doors open at 6:00 p.m. and close at 6:25 p.m. The forum will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

A Meet & Greet event with the finalist will be held in the Bjorlee Museum following the community forum from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please note the event will end promptly at 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. 

ASL and Spanish interpreters will be provided at both the community forums and meet-and-greets.

At the end of each presentation, community members will have the opportunity to ask questions about the finalist's leadership and vision for MSD. There are two opportunities to submit questions: in person and via the Zoom webinar live stream.

Please complete a registration form for each adult attending or viewing the forum. If you are attending the in-person event as a family, please have one member of your party indicate how many children will also be attending.

If you would like to attend — either in-person or virtually via live-stream — please register online at