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December 25, 2013

School board trustee could leave post in early 2014

By April Lehmbeck
C & G Staff Writer

GROSSE POINTES — Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education members went through the annual December ritual of declaring their intent to be considered for a board officer position, but this year’s ritual hinted at a different kind of vacancy that will need to be filled.

Board Trustee Tom Jakubiec said he was not looking for a board officer position because he has other plans during 2014.

“I’ve been on the board now for four years, which was my elected term,” he said. “I ran in 2009, and my term technically should have finished up this year. Because of the new Legislature making school board elections on even years, the term can be extended for an additional year. At this point, I am not going to seek an officer position because it is my intent to transition off of the board, probably within the first quarter.”

When he joined the board four years ago, he said he had a clear focus of what he wanted to accomplish, and he feels he’s accomplished what he set out to do. 

“Unfortunately, I do need to move on,” he said.

He said this also will give someone time on the board prior to the election next year. He said he is committed to working with school board President Joan Dindoffer on the transition to a new board member and has reached out to her about his plans.

Jakubiec said he wanted to encourage those with an interest in serving to step up and become involved.

“It’s a very rewarding and sometimes challenging position, but it’s one that I can say I’ve had the honor and the privilege to represent the community.”

Board Trustee Cindy Pangborn said she would prefer to remain a trustee unless the board thinks she should serve in another capacity.

Board Vice President Daniel Roeske, Treasurer Judy Gafa, Secretary Lois Valente and Trustee Brian Summerfield said they would serve at the will of the board.

Dindoffer said she would echo the statements by the others on the board but did express interest in keeping the top post.

“I’ve enjoyed being president and will be more than willing to continue,” Dindoffer said. “I think I’ve tried to build consensus on the board, and we will see what the will of the board is next month.”

The school board will choose officers during its annual organizational board meeting Jan. 27.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer April Lehmbeck at alehmbeck@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1043.