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Richmond school district makes major administrative changes

Martin van den Hemel   Oct-13-2017


The Richmond School District elected this week to go in a new direction, and parted ways with two key administrative personnel.

Secretary-treasurer Mark De Mello and assistant secretary-treasurer Wendy Grondzil are no longer employed by the district, confirmed Sherry Elwood, Superintendent of Richmond Schools.

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“We thank them for their service and wish them well,” Elwood told The Richmond Sentinel Friday evening.

Asked why the changes were made, Elwood said the district was “choosing to go in a new direction.”

De Mello was hired as secretary-treasurer in 2010, and replaced Ken Morris who retired in June 2010. Grondzil has been employed by the district since December of 1998, according to her Linkedin profile.

In an e-mail dated Thursday, Oct. 12 that was obtained by The Richmond Sentinel, Elwood advised district staff about the changes.

“We wish to thank Mark for his years of dedicated service and commitment to our school district. The Board specifically wishes to thank Mark for his continuous work in supporting the board in their governance responsibilities. We wish Mark well in his future endeavours,” Elwood wrote.

Elwood also thanked Grondzil for her service to the community and wished her well.

Board of Education chair Debbie Tablotney echoed Elwood’s sentiments.

“They gave the district fantastic service. They were dedicated and we wish them well,” Tablotney said.

To fill the void left by De Mello and Grondzil, Elwood wrote that the district will be contracting “experienced school district finance personnel to support us during this transition.”


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