News Release – Board Appointment of Mr. David Klever

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Gronek to the Mountain Institute Career and Technology Education District Governing Board, to represent the Chino Valley Unified School District. The appointment will be effective January 16, 2020 and will expire on December 31, 2020. The vacancy was due to the resignation of veteran Board Member Phillip Cox, who identified time conflicts as the cause of his departure. Mr. Cox’s service and leadership to the school district is greatly appreciated.

Mrs. Gronek has been a resident of Mountain Institute CTED since the district began operation. She graduated from Chino Valley High School, where she studied agriculture, while serving as a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and serving as Treasurer of the state FFA association. She attended Yavapai College before transferring to Northern Arizona University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Mrs. Gronek started employment with Olsen’s Grain in Chino Valley as a part time cashier 25 years ago. She worked up through the ranks, and has now served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the family owned business since 2008.

Mrs. Gronek has been active in the community, continuing to support local FFMA events such as the Corn Dinner, serving on the Chino Valley Agriculture Education Advisory Board, and training students for Career Development events.

Mr. Carter posted this position within the school districts and with local media. Upon receipt of letters of interest and resumes, he conducted individual interviews with three (3) exceptionally well qualified applicants. The community should be proud that so many well intended candidates were interested in this position. That process preceded speaking individually with each of the elected members of the Governing Boards of both Mountain Institute CTED and Chino Valley Unified School, their district executive leadership, and with various residents of the district.

Superintendent Carter said that “Mrs. Gronek is looking forward to this new challenge. She should be a supportive partner with the existing Board Members. Her background, board experience, education, and work experience should serve her extremely well in this new endeavor. She has always been an advocate for career related instruction and that passion comes across loud and clear when speaking with others. She will not hesitate to ask appropriate questions as a very active Board Member.

Mr. Carter may be reached at 928-925-6560 (cell). Mrs. Gronek may be contacted at 928-636-0378.