The Summit Board of Education is saying goodbye to one of its most tenured members. Sheila Groneman turned in her letter of resignation to the superintendent and board president this week.
While she did not respond to calls regarding her resignation, in the letter Groneman stated her regret in having to make the decision. She explained that after thinking closely on the matter, her duties at her position in Denver would keep her too busy to continue her role on the board. Groneman was recently named the Head Start State Collaboration director for Colorado.
"She was very valuable member of the board and we're sad to lose, her, but we know she's doing really important and good work," said board president Margaret Carlson. "We're excited for her that she's doing work that is her passion and at a higher level now, but we are sorry to see her go."
Groneman was elected to two consecutive four-year terms on the Summit Board of Education and served just over seven of them. Most recently she held the position of secretary, though in the past she had served as board vice president.
"She's been a very knowledgeable board member and a very thoughtful board member," Carlson said. "She was always able to look at the broader community perspective."
Groneman's dedication, particularly to early childhood education, stood out, Carlson added. "Being such a strong advocate for preschool, making sure preschool was included in all of the conversations - that's really her passion."
Superintendent Heidi Pace agreed.
"She's contributed in every way as a board member, but her particular passion is early childhood. She's done a lot to help to build our early childhood programs here in the school district," she said. "She has been a voice for our littlest learners and their greatest advocate."
The board will be looking for a candidate to take over Groneman's position on the board and finish out the rest of her term. Notice will be posted asking for letters of interest, Carlson said. Potential candidates will then be interviewed by the board. The individual would then stay in the position until November, at which time they could decide whether they wanted to run for a full term.