Mimmack announces retirement
Last week East Grand School District Superintendent Jody Mimmack, Ph.D. formally announced her plans to enter retirement.
Mimmack’s announcement was made during the East Grand School District’s (EGSD) most recent Board of Education meeting on Tuesday June 21. The EGSD Board of Education thanked Mimmack for her work with the school district. Board Vice President Taunia Shipman expressed her gratitude saying, “It is great to know we are passing on something great to our new Superintendent.”
“I am thankful for the opportunity here in East Grand,” said Mimmack. “This is a fantastic school system with fantastic teachers and staff. I think Frank Reeves (incoming District Superintendent) is going to continue to do great work. I appreciate the opportunity and am excited for the next chapter in my life.”
Mimmack will soon be moving down to the Denver area to help care for her mother. Mimmack’s father passed away unexpectedly recently and she plans to use the time immediately after retiring to help her mother transition into a new routine. She said she also plans to work on a part time basis. “I have some options for part time work and will be exploring those,” she said.
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When asked what memories from her time with East Grand stand out in her mind Mimmack responded, “just seeing the day to day energy the teachers and staff bring to the school; just seeing the consistency of excellent learning opportunities is a highlight for me.”
She went on to discuss some of the larger projects East Grand tackled during her tenure including the sale of the former Grand Lake Elementary School to the Town of Grand Lake, helping Indian Peaks Charter School transfer to a new school district, facility repair projects and the acquisition of a new math curriculum. “I know every day great things are happening in class rooms and I think that is the most exciting thing.”
Mimmack has spent multiple decades working in the education profession, starting out at 17 as a paraprofessional. Since then she has done, “nearly everything you can do in a school district besides being a bus driver,” as she puts it. Mimmack was hired as the Superintendent of East Grand in 2013. She came to Grand County from the Mesa County Valley School District in Grand Junction where she served as Executive Director of Achievement and Growth/Instructional Support.
Mimmack’s decision to enter into retirement follows her announcement late last year not to seek extension of her contract with the EGSD. Mimmack officially informed the EGSD Board of her plans not to seek contract renewals during the Dec. 15, 2015 Board meeting. At the time Mimmack told the Board, “I feel like we have done really good work together and for me personally it is time for me to move on.”
Thursday June 30 is Mimmack’s last official day with the EGSD. In late March the EGSD Board of Education selected Franklin Reeves to replace as District Superintendent. Reeves first official day as Superintendent of East Grand will be Friday July 1.
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