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Grass Lake School Board Appoints New Trustee

The Grass Lake School Board has a full roster after new trustee Aaron Cole was appointed last Monday to fill a vacancy.

The board interviewed seven candidates at the beginning of its October 10th meeting. Two hours into the meeting Cole was chosen and sworn in that night.  He took his seat on the board for the second half of the meeting.

“It was really cool to be sworn in,” Cole said.  “I’m happy to join their great team.”

He continued, “Our school board has done an incredible job over the past few years advancing our systems with several new programs and facilities that offer students opportunities that have placed us way ahead of the curve and have set us up for a very successful future.  I wanted to join the board to ensure we keep advancing in that direction.”

Cole said he learned of the vacancy on the board after former trustee Kristi Shoemaker resigned after moving out of the district.  Typically trustees are elected.

School Board Secretary Kimberly Seaburg said that she is “ very excited” that Cole has joined the board.  “We think he’s going to bring new perspective, which is always good and we’re looking forward to working with him.”

Cole’s position will end on December 31, 2018.

Age 32, Cole graduated from Grass Lake High School in 2003.  He has deep roots in the community going back several generations, he said.  His father, Randy Cole, is the varsity football coach at Grass Lake High.   Cole’s brother Anthony Cole is the varsity football team’s offensive coordinator.

The new trustee said that he thinks it is important to advance and support initiatives currently in place and slowly contribute his vision for the district.  “I eventually would like to see 100 percent of our students involved in an extracurricular activity and continue to focus on providing opportunities to all students, including challenges for our advanced students, support for our at-risk students, and something for everyone in between,” he said.

Grass Lake’s 1:1 Technology Initiative, which provides students from kindergarten through 12th grade with a computer device, is a program that Cole said he would like to see grow.

“I think the 1:1 initiative is brilliant and will greatly improve the ability of all students to do research, complete homework, and connect with their teachers,” he said.

Cole, who earned a Master’s degree in speech language pathology from Eastern Michigan University, works as a speech therapist at the Ingham County Medical Center where he serves as director of outpatient services.  His wife Shelly works at Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson in the mother-baby unit, a special care nursery.  “Shelly and I have been looking for a way to get move involved with the community,” he said.   

The Coles have a two-year-old son, Easton, “and another future warrior on the way.”

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