Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Board prepares for organizational meeting

by A.J. Hakim Staff Writer

January 17, 2013

Trustee Joan Dindoffer wants to be president. She openly expressed the fact at last month’s Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education regular meeting.

In a few weeks’ time, she has an opportunity to make that happen.

Monday, Jan. 28, is the board’s regular meeting, typically reserved for organizational items such as the election of board officers. Dindoffer, having served on the board four terms and 15 years and counting, feels her time spent and other leadership-related skills best suit her for the board’s top rank.

“I have a legal and banking career spanning 35 years, including professional expertise in drafting, executing and testing policies,” she said during the declaration of candidacy portion of December’s meeting. “I’m a professional trustee and fiduciary, I’m the only board member who has been certified as a board member by the MASB (Michigan Association of School Boards) and has taken classes in open meeting act, in school law and in Robert’s Rules of Order. And I would hope those skills would be beneficial to the board and to the community. I would very much like to be president.”

Dindoffer previously served as board president from 2002 to 2004. She showed similar interests last January, though the position went to Judy Gafa who, along with Brendan Walsh and Lois Valente, current treasurer and vice president, respectively, said during the last meeting she’s willing to serve in whatever capacity the board desires.

Cindy Pangborn shared similar sentiments and added an interest in taking on a larger role in regard to board and district committees and committee liaisons.

“While I would serve in a position if asked, I really would like to be put on committees,” Pangborn said. “I was not appointed to any committees this year. We have board members serving in many capacities, not only as officers but in committees, and I think that should be discussed and board members should be asked if there are committees they would like to serve on.”

Positions up for election are secretary, treasurer, vice president and president.

Other organizational items for the meeting include: administration of Oath of Office to Gafa and Pangborn, both re-elected during November’s school board election; designation of signatories on accounts; appointment of Chris Fenton, Isha Smith and Carolyn Kurtz as representatives to Michigan Association Improved School Legislation for property and liability insurance underwriters; and approving the regular board meeting calendar for 2013.