Caroline MacGregor July 16, 2013 | WGVU The GRPS Board interviewed six of the fourteen applicants and took most of the night to make
its decision. Rev John Matias will
be sworn in at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting on August 5th.
"There were six incredible candidates and I was privileged to be among them. They had about eleven questions which we had a little time to think about already."
Mathias attends a church in the Heartside Community that
does a lot of outreach to the local community.
"The reason I wanted to be on the board is - I felt like at this time of my life, I was able to really give back to the community in a more significant way. Currently I am a community school coordinator at Burton Elementary Middle School."
Mathias says the board wanted someone who can relate on a
grassroots level but with the ability to think analytically about broader
issues and put a tangible plan of action into place. He says one of the
challenges ahead, in light of sweeping school closures, is rebuilding the trust
within the student body and with parents.
"We want to make sure all of the schools function and perform in ways that people say, you know what, I think I am ready to re-engage in the school district because I see them making strides and graduating students who are ready to go to college."
Mathias says many people looking in see the resources GRPS
has to offer but are afraid to engage due to school safety or the academic rigor. Rev
Mathias will serve out the remainder of Lenear's term which expires on December 31st, 2014.
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