Familiar KMBC-TV 9 meteorologist will take his professional skills to the classroom in the Blue Springs School District.
Pete Grigsby loved working at KMBC-TV 9. He worked at the Kansas City television station for almost 10 years.
But after 18 years as a meteorologist, he was ready to make a change.
“I will not miss the hours,” he said. “It is demanding being on call all of the time. You could be on your day off and if severe weather hits, you would be called into work.”
So when an opportunity came up in the Blue Springs School District, the longtime television personality decided to take it. Grigsby will not only be teaching earth science courses and meteorology part-time at Blue Springs South High School, but will also be spending time researching a new communications facility for the Blue Springs district – one that would offer high school students a chance to learn about television broadcasting and radio.
“It has really been great so far,” said Grigsby, who officially started Aug. 1. “I have been busy going to orientations and attending workshops. I feel very welcomed and have really been overwhelmed at how many people have truly welcomed me into the school district.”
Leslie Evans, public relations director for the district, said in addition to his teaching responsibilities, Grigsby will be evaluating a possible communications facility, to be located at the Paul Consiglio Education Center. She said there is a room in the former MCC-Blue River building that would serve such a program well. She said, however, that any specific plans would have to be approved by the Blue Springs Board of Education first.
“We are really doing a whole lot of planning right now,” she said. “We hope that he (Grigsby) will be able to help us to that with his background in broadcasting. We are definitely looking at our options.”
Grigsby said the decision to leave KMBC was difficult, especially because of the people who worked there. He will be “free-lancing” for the station, meaning if extra help is needed and his schedule allows it, he would be back on camera.
But he said the opportunity with the Blue Springs district gives him the best of both worlds and gives him more opportunity to spend time with his family.
“I get to teach meteorology to high school students, which keeps my forecasting and meteorology skills intact,” he said. “But I also have the opportunity to oversee this communications facility. I am taking my previous career skills and applying it to a different one, with normal hours.”
Grigsby said he is nervous about one thing – getting in front of a class and teaching.
“I think I am more nervous about standing in front of 25 students than I was when I was put in front of a camera and talked to thousands of people,” he said. “Knowing that I am educating young minds is a big responsibility. Of course I am a little nervous, but I am awfully excited too.”