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Scott selected to fill Roseville school board seat

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 19, 2020

 Greg Scott will fill the Roseville Community Schools Board of Education seat left vacant following the death of trustee Ruth Green. In November, voters will choose someone to serve the remaining four years of Green’s term, and Scott said he will seek election to the remainder of the term.

Greg Scott will fill the Roseville Community Schools Board of Education seat left vacant following the death of trustee Ruth Green. In November, voters will choose someone to serve the remaining four years of Green’s term, and Scott said he will seek election to the remainder of the term.

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ROSEVILLE — Following the death of longtime Roseville Community Schools Board of Education trustee Ruth Green, the board selected former board member Greg Scott to fill the opening at its meeting June 17.

Scott will hold the position until the November election, when he would have to run against any potential challengers to complete the remaining four years of Green’s term.

“I am planning to run in November to complete the term,” said Scott. “I’m going to give it my all and devote my time to it to keep it at the same place it is now and raise it up whenever possible. It’s tricky with COVID-19, but I will do my best.”

Scott was selected out of four finalists who applied for the position. The other candidates were Michelle Williams Ward, Gina Aiuto and Kate Frikken.

“We had four applicants who applied. We interviewed them all and they were all excellent candidates,” said board President Theresa Genest. “We chose Mr. Scott because it’s only going to be for four months until the selectee will have to run again to complete Ruth’s term, which will then go for another four years after the election.”

Genest said Scott’s experience on the board was likely the reason he was voted for unanimously.

“Because it’s only for four months, it would be a lot to teach a new board member and a lot for them to learn, so we wanted to go with Mr. Scott because he has board experience,” she said. “He served for 12 years from 2006 to 2018.”

Genest said Scott ran in the last election for the school board but lost by less than 100 votes. Scott said he wanted to place increasing teacher pay as his primary goal while on the board.

“My priorities are to get more money from the state to bring teachers’ salaries up,” he explained. “I don’t think the state gets what these teachers go through. I think a lot of our parents saw that when they’ve had to act as the teachers the last few months while the kids were at home. You need to better these kids’ lives, and that is something you have to pay for.”

Roseville Superintendent Mark Blaszkowski expressed his confidence in Scott.

“Mr. Scott has experience as being a board member, and for him to step in and fill in on short notice is very valuable, especially since we are still navigating through COVID-19 and the budget and the changing landscape of public education,” said Blaszkowski. “I’m happy to have him on the board.”

Although the seat had been unoccupied for only a few weeks, Genest said the board made sure to give the public ample time to be heard regarding the decision, including at the meeting on June 17. She also said it was important to make a decision quickly or else it would, by law, be made for them.

“We wanted to make sure the community had a chance to voice their opinion on the selection process,” she said. “It was a month to pick someone. We’re required to pick someone in that time frame or else the Macomb County Intermediate School District would pick for us.”

The duties of the school board include oversight of administration, staff decisions and setting policy.

“The board meets three to four times a month and coordinates with other school boards,” said Genest. “We take classes provided by the state and attend conferences to get certified. We try to take part in school functions. We hire and fire district staff and set district policy and make sure those policies are followed.”

Scott said his focus while serving will be on ensuring the educational resources within the district are improved.

“It’s about the kids,” he remarked. “I want to give them the best opportunity to achieve greatness and be successful in life. Our hands are often bound by the state Legislature, so you often have to think outside the box about how to accomplish that. I remember Gov. (Rick) Snyder saying that we were flying a plane and building it at the same time, but that makes no sense to me. You’ve got educators who can get it done and we got out of the bad situation the district was in the last few years. … I think together we can make a lot of progress.”