• Grain Valley school board members automatically returning

  • Michael Hackett and Julie Groff will be serving another two years on the Grain Valley Board of Education.

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  • Michael Hackett and Julie Groff will be serving another two years on the Grain Valley Board of Education.
    Because the two incumbents are the only two to have filed, no election is required under state law. They will be sworn in to their three-year term during the April board meeting.
    Hackett has served on the board since 2004. Among his many roles on the board are president and vice-president. Although he is involved with information technology by trade, he comes from a family of educators, including his father, former Grain Valley Superintendent David Hackett.
    “It sort of runs in my family being attracted to public education,” he said. “What I enjoy most about serving the community as a member of the Board of Education is that I get to focus on things that will empower our children to both achieve more and succeed.”
    Groff has also been serving on the board for nine years. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Longwood University in Farmville, Va., and works for Special Neighbors Inc., a company that empowers and assists personal with developmental disabilities to live and participate in the community.
    “I ran for election again because I love what I do,” she said. “I enjoy meeting the community and hearing their praises and concerns in the district.”
    Hackett believes the greatest challenge facing the Grain Valley School District is the issue with funds and resources to meet the expanding needs of the children, including as they relate to buildings and facilities.
    “Our student body is still growing. Grain Valley is a destination, where families come to raise their children and our schools need to be ready for that,” he said. “It’s my thought that our needs are going to fall squarely with our greatest challenges, ensuring we have proper and ample buildings and facilities for our students to insure they will achieve more and succeed more greatly.”
    Groff agrees that managing growth in all the school buildings will be a big challenge in he future.
    “It will continue to be our growth,” she said of the challenges the district will face. “The district’s greatest need over the next five years will be to continue to add classroom space to our buildings.”

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