MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Sue Groszek was sworn in as Mayfield Schools Board of Education president during an organizational meeting held Tuesday (Jan. 4), while the board’s newest member, Jolene Greve, also took the oath.
Two returning members, Ron Fornaro and Jimmy Teresi, were sworn in, as well, while Teresi was elected board vice president.
Groszek is familiar with being in leadership positions with the board as, since she began serving in 2000, all but four of those years have been spent as board president or vice president.
When asked about goals for the upcoming year, Groszek said, “Certainly the first goal is to usher in our newest board member (Greve). This will be her first time serving. We want to make sure to give her a good orientation and opportunity to learn and become part of a dynamic team.”
That team, as COVID continues to play havoc with schools is, as 2022 begins, united in one common goal — continuing to allow students to learn in person.
‘I think that is a matter that we all agree on,” Groszek said. “It is very evident that face-to-face learning is the best for children. So we will make whatever decisions we have to make in order to keep them face to face as long as humanly possible. If we have to go remote at any time, then we will try to make that as short as humanly possible.
“We’d also like to try and not bounce back and forth (between in-person and remote learning), and so that’s something else we’ve been very committed to — trying to stay the course and try and keep face to face as long as possible.”
As for school staffing, Groszek said, “So far, we’re in good stead and we will make adjustments as necessary. Again, whatever we need to do to try and remain face to face, we’ll do. My understanding is the staff, also, very much wants to stay face to face, and we’ll do whatever is necessary to accommodate that.”
“I am forever thankful that we have a great team that includes all, not just the board, administration and staff, but also the parents and students. It’s a full team and we look at it that way, and respect it that way.”
Teresi, entering his third, four-term, said, “I think all of our goal is to make sure all the kids get the right education, and to try to keep them in school (during the pandemic). We’re going to do the best we can with that. A lot of this is changing daily.
“We are in school (now, learning in person),” he said. “We’re having some staffing problems, just like everybody else, but we’re trying to work through it. Our bus drivers are working and accommodating everybody to the best of their abilities. But, the bottom line is, the kids are the most important, and to just keep them in school.
“I don’t want to go back to virtual (learning). The kids need to be in school.”
Greve, a Highland Heights resident who works as executive assistant to that city’s mayor, Chuck Brunello, Jr., also commented on the need to keep students in school.
“I think the initial goal we all want to see is continuing to see the students in classrooms, learning,” she said. “We’re continuing to navigate through the pandemic.”
Speaking about what prompted her to run for the first time for a school board seat, Greve said, “I had given thought to running for school board for several years, long before the pandemic ever showed up. I’ve been a very active parent volunteer in the district for basically almost 20 years.
“I’ve been pretty active with a number of the booster groups. I’ve been on the boards for most of them. I’m involved on the board of the (Mayfield Schools) Alumni Association, (and) the Mayfield Schools Foundation Board.”
Greve is the mother of three sons, two who have graduated from Mayfield High School, and one who is now a senior at the school. She is also a graduate of Mayfield High.
“I am a product of the Mayfield Schools, as are my sons, and I wanted to be a part of working with the school board and the leadership to continue to provide the excellence Mayfield is known for as far as academics, and provide opportunities to Mayfield students to prepare them for life after high school.”
Greve fills the seat left by longtime former board member George Hughes, who at age 87 did not seek re-election. The board also includes member Al Hess.
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