Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Grosse Pointe Public School Board unanimously appointed trustee Judy Gafa as its treasurer to fill the position recently vacated by Brendan Walsh.
The Grosse Pointe Public School Board voted unanimously this week to appoint Judy Gafa to serve as the board's treasurer for the remainder of the calendar year. The board needed to select a new treasurer after the unexpected immediate resignation of Brendan Walsh in late March. He had been the board's treasurer for several years. He left amidst the budget planning process for the 2013/14 fiscal year. In a special meeting this week, trustee Dan Roeske nominated Gafa to fill the position. His nomination quickly gained support and a unanimous vote from fellow board members. Trustee Tom Jakubiec said he believed Gafa was a good choice for the position before all the members voted. In addition, Board President Joan Dindoffer asked Gafa and …
Monday, January 28, 2013
In the first meeting of the year, the Grosse Pointe Public School Board elected veteran member Joan Dindoffer to lead the group as president. Dan Roeske will serve as vice president.
Following a variety of statements from Grosse Pointe Public School Board members, they voted out Judy Gafa and voted in veteran board member Joan Dindoffer to lead the group as its president for 2013. The decision against Gafa came in the board's historical voting style: 4-3 against electing her president again. Gafa then nominated Dindoffer to serve as president, which received support from six of the seven board members. Dan Roeske was the only dissenting vote. Gafa, who has served on the board since 2008, and Dindoffer then promptly swapped seats and the officer selection continued. Board member Brendan Walsh nominated Gafa to serve as vice president but she declined the nomination and made another nomination for Roeske, who received a …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Several bills and reform proposals that open up education dollars to private entities and embrace charter schools, online schools and simultaneous district-to-district attendance could be a detriment to Grosse Pointe schools
Grosse Pointe school officials urged the 300 people that attended a special meeting Tuesday night about proposed education finance reform legislation to mobilize quickly, fight the bills with phone calls and email due to the “devastation” that could come to Grosse Pointe Public Schools and property values if the bills pass. Several bills connected to drastic changes in education and education funding are expected to be voted on before Christmas by lame-duck legislators who won't be returning to office in January. The rush is on to get votes from departing Republicans, who are the best hope to pass the legislation that is the hallmark of Gov. Rick Snyder's promise to make sure that all students get a quality education and proper …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
GPPSS panel discussion and open forum dialogue at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Brownell Middle School.
Grosse Pointe Public Schools will hold a forum on tonight, Dec. 11, to discuss proposed school reform legislation that has many concerned for Grosse Pointe Public Schools. The forum with allow GPPS staff and attendees to further explore and discuss the issues of proposed school reform legislation in both the State House and Senate. There will be a panel discussion and open forum dialogue. The panel will consist of Marcie Lipsitt, a parent and education advocate; Judy Gafa, GPPSS School Board President; and Dr. Thomas Harwood, GPPSS Superintendent. The proposed agenda for the forum is: GPPSS Superintendent Tom Harwood sent district parents an email on Dec. 5 inviting them to the forum and urged them go to the district's website for …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Thomas Harwood says pending state legislation is a serious threat to Grosse Pointe schools and the community.
Grosse Pointe Schools Superitendent, Thomas Harwood, is issuing a "wake-up call" to parents and taxpayers in the community, saying that legislation pending in Lansing could "dramatically change the landscape of our school system and our day to day livelihoods," like nothing he's seen in 26 years of working in education. "I do strongly recommend you pay attention," Harwood said. His comments came at Monday's school board meeting during his regular update, but this update, he said, has more urgency than any other, and the legislation, which could be passed in coming weeks by a lame duck legislature, more ramifications than any other. Essentially the proposed house and senate bills will broaden the definition of a what a public school is and…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Grosse Pointe Public School Board considered a proposal that would have required all 8,500-plus students provide notarized proof of residency this November and December at special meeting Monday
The Grosse Pointe School Board has voted down a proposal for a mandatory, districtwide residency verification during a special meeting on Monday. The Board listened to many residents who characterized the proposal as ridiculous, a witch hunt, an unfair attack on innocent children, a lawsuit waiting to happen and a waste of tax dollars and administrators' time. The decision came after much argument and confusion during the nearly two-hour meeting Monday that was called by trustees Cindy Pangborn and Tom Jukubiec. The two trustees wrote the proposal that called for every Grosse Pointe Public School student to provide notarized proof of residency between Nov. 9 and Dec. 4 or face penalties. The issue of how to enforce residency in Grosse …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Judy Gafa is a candidate for the Grosse Pointe Board of Education.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Name : Ms. Judy Gafa Date of birth : 28 August 1961 Place of residence : Grosse Pointe Woods Attended college : Yes College : Madonna University Degree : Bachelor Science in Nursing with a Minor in Natural Science Year of graduation : 1995 Job titles held : NA Employers : Sunrise Senior Living Party affiliation : Independent Running for a: Local office Running for position: Trustee Board of Education Chamber/district: Incumbent: Yes First elected: 04 November 2008 Previous elective offices : Trustee Grosse Pointe Board of Education Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : none Website : judygafaschoolboardtrustee.com Facebook : Judy Gafa Grosse Pointe School Board Trustee I am dedicated to maintaining and improving the education of our …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Two incumbents and one recent high school graduate debate why they are the best person to choose Nov. 6
The three Grosse Pointe school board candidates met for a debate Tuesday night and made their cases for how they would protect the district from legislative proposals and financial threats that could harm the quality of schools. During a League of Women's Voters forum that ran about 90 minutes in the Grosse Pointe South library with about 25 people in attendance, two incumbent board members, Judy Gafa and Cindy Pangborn, and newcomer William Broman, presented their platforms and answered about 10 written questions from the audience. The questions centered around how to bring more funding to schools, how to increase technology in the classroom and what makes them qualified to serve on the board. Residency Enforcement Residency enforcement…