By Rick Palsgrove
The Groveport Madison Board of Education named Jamie Grube as the district’s new superintendent.
Grube was awarded a three-year contract starting Aug. 1. Details of the agreement are still to be finalized. Grube has been the district’s deputy superintendent since July 2018 and served as interim superintendent following the resignation of former superintendent Garilee Ogden earlier this summer.
The board’s vote to select Grube as superintendent was 4-1 with board member Kathleen Walsh being the lone dissenting vote.
Walsh felt the board was not following its own policy regarding considering other applicants for the job and that by not doing so could possibly open the district up to the “huge liability” of potential lawsuits.
“We have not evaluated any other applicants,” said Walsh. “Our policy says that we shall consider all. Our policies are promises that are commitments we make to students, faculty, families, taxpayers, and all stakeholders.”
Board President Chris Snyder said, per consultations with the district’s legal counsel, that state law supersedes board policy and that the board is allowed to select the best qualified candidate.
“I believe Jamie Grube is our best and most qualified candidate,” said Snyder.
Additional information was shared from Groveport Madison’s attorney that also noted state law allows that exceptions can be made to board policy when circumstances, time, and sensitivity require it.
In a statement released by the district following the vote, Snyder said of Grube, “Over the four years he has served as our deputy superintendent, Jamie has demonstrated his leadership skills and understanding of the district’s needs. He shares the board’s vision for the school district and has built positive, trusting relationships with our staff and many of our community’s leaders. He definitely has the skills, experiences, and relationships needed to move the district forward.”
Grube said it is an honor to be selected as Groveport Madison’s superintendent adding, “We’re going to do a lot of things to make this school district great.
“Despite disruptions from the impact of the COVID pandemic, we’ve accomplished a great deal over the past few years,” said Grube in a statement released by the district. “I plan to use that foundation and our dedicated and hard-working staff to build our capacity to improve student academic achievement. We will also continue our efforts to provide more social-emotional support for students and staff and to continue to create an environment where we honor respect and appreciation for one another’s contributions, perspectives, and uniqueness.”
Grube began his education career as a teacher at Sentinel Career Center in Tiffin and then taught at Franklin Heights High School. He served as an assistant principal at Central Crossing High School and Westland High School, principal of Westland High School, director of personnel for South-Western City Schools, and superintendent of Buckeye Valley Local Schools. Before coming to Groveport Madison, Grube was the executive director of the Metropolitan Education Council and chief operations officer of META Solutions.
Grube has a bachelor’s degree in business education from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from The Ohio State University. He has a superintendent’s professional license from the state of Ohio.