GENEVA – After serving on the Geneva District 304 school board since 2009, and as its board president since 2012, Mark Grosso resigned effective May 1, citing health concerns, school officials said at Monday’s remote school board meeting.
Grosso, who was in his third term, stepped down as board president at the April 7 meeting and has been absent ever since.
Board president Taylor Egan said Grosso was appointed her mentor when she was elected three years ago.
“He was always a calming voice to all board members, very level-headed approach to every issue that he tackled. He was a really great example of what a board leader should be and can be,” Egan said.
“I do think he will be a very much missed presence on our board. But I am very excited for him because I do think he is off to bigger and better things as a retired farmer now. So I want to congratulate him on the next stage of his life.”
Board member Michael McCormick said he hoped when they can all get back together again, they can have an opportunity to thank Grosso in person.
“This is a terrible situation,” McCormick said. “My hat’s off to Mr. Grosso. He served an amazing term on the board, just did some amazing stuff. I thought he was a terrific president. It’s sad to see him go.”
Board member David Lamb also praised Grosso’s leadership, describing him as a “steady hand” with a “calm demeanor that served our board well”
Lamb recounted Grosso’s challenges as board president, with tough teacher contract talks and the district’s financial challenges.
“I just want to say publicly, ‘Thank you, Mark, for your years of service,’” Lamb said. “I think he had a very successful run. And I’m very appreciative, as a community member, to have people like Mark step up. I think he will be missed. And I wish him well. I think he’s doing reasonably well, health wise, so we want that to continue.”
Board member Leslie Juby said she echoed other members’ comments.
“Mark made each of us a better board member,” Juby said. “He will be truly missed and I wish him the best in everything he chooses to do from now on.”
Board member Alicia Saxton said Grosso never made her feel like the youngest or most inexperienced board member.
“I thank him for that and wish him well,” Saxton said.
The board has 60 days to choose an additional board member, Egan said.
Applications to serve on the board will be available on the district’s website, www.geneva304.org and a news release is scheduled to go out Tuesday morning, which will also include an application to serve on the board, she said.
Egan said the six remaining board members will consider the applications, then move on to interviews with the board applicants. Board members will rank them with points, using a rating guide to choose those who meet the qualifications to serve.
The board will meet in closed session to consider the top three applicants with the most points before choosing one to be voted on to join the board, she said.