The Sacramento County Board of Education bade a formal farewell to two of its trustees at its June 21 meeting. Trustees Roy Grimes and Margaret Weidman announced their retirements from the Board and will conclude their terms of office at the end of June.
In commemoration of his 20 years of service as Trustee, Mr. Grimes was presented by President Scribner with an inscribed clock. Joe Maloney, Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Center for Youth Citizenship, read remarks of appreciation for the support and leadership Ms. Weidman and Mr. Grimes have provided. Also on hand to present comments of thanks were Ed Watkins, Vice President of the Sacramento County Office of Education Teachers Association, and Paul Roesch, President of the SCOE Classified Employees Association.
Margaret Weidman has served as Area 5 Trustee since 1996. The parent of two children in seventh and fifth grades, Ms. Weidman chose to not seek re-election in order to move to the Vacaville area "to become a goat rancher." As a Rancho Cordova resident, she has participated in numerous community activities, including the Cordova Clean-Up Challenge, improvements to the Mather Community Campus site, and a Neighborhood Watch effort that eventually grew to include 200 homes. "I have really enjoyed the Rancho Cordova community and will miss it," she says. The communities Ms. Weidman has represented as Trustee include Orangevale, Fair Oaks, Rancho Cordova, Nimbus, Alder Creek, and Folsom.
Roy Grimes, who has served five consecutive four-year terms as a County Board of Education Trustee, is a resident of the Greenhaven area of Sacramento. He represents Area 7, which includes the communities of Florin, Fruitridge, Meadowview, Greenhaven, and Pocket. In his 20 years as Trustee, during which he has served five terms as Board President, Mr. Grimes has been instrumental in initiating a number of programs, including one of the first Sacramento-area computer technology training centers for teachers. He additionally provided leadership in the development of the Sacramento County Regional Occupational Program construction trades program and in the formation of school-community-business partnerships. While fulfilling his responsibilities as Trustee, Mr. Grimes also served in a multitude of leadership capacities in the greater Sacramento area: United Way loaned executive, member of the Sacramento City Planning Commission, graduate of "Leadership Sacramento," reserve deputy sheriff with Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, NAACP Education Chairperson, and PTA President and School Improvement Program Chairperson at his children's schools. He has served on Boards of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Tierra del Oro Girl Scout Council, Stanford Home for Children, Sacramento Urban League, the California Capital Small Business Development Corporation, the Regional Comprehensive Transportation Advisory Board, the Sacramento County Government Economy and Efficiency Commission, and the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Grimes also has been active in the area of youth sports, including serving in leadership and coaching roles with Greenhaven Little League, Greenhaven Soccer League, Pocket Girls Softball, and the YMCA. He is the father of two children—one who currently is a student at John F. Kennedy High School, the other who is a recent graduate of UCLA. Mr. Grimes, who has worked as a commercial broker, is a Certified Government Financial Manager (American Association of Government Accountants) and has a Bachelor's degree in Public Management from the University of Southern California, University Park. A former educator at the university and adult school level, Mr. Grimes is returning to the education profession as a teacher at Samuel Jackman Middle School in the Elk Grove Unified School District. Among his recent interests have been the work of the nonprofit organization Children Tomorrow, Inc., and a special project focusing on community and parent involvement in schools.