Groveport Madison's new deputy superintendent of schools is on the job and getting to know the community.

James Grube replaced John Hurd, who served as interim superintendent after the resignation of Bruce Hoover on Feb. 7.

The school board on July 18 approved Grube's three-year contract with a base salary of $129,000. The contract was effective Aug. 1.

Hurd accepted the superintendent position with Trimble Local Schools, according to Jeff Warner, Groveport Madison director of communications and community relations.

In June, Groveport Madison named Grube the director of secondary education.

Before coming to Groveport, Grube was the chief operations officers/president for META Solutions for three years.

His other administrative experience includes serving as executive director of the Metropolitan Educational Council, superintendent of Buckeye Valley Local Schools, personnel director with the South-Western City School District, principal and assistant principal at Westland High School and assistant principal at Central Crossing High School.

Grube has a master's degree from Ohio State University in educational administration and supervision and a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green.

Grube, who described himself as a "career educator," said the multiple different roles he has served in education will help him in his new position.

"I like being involved with the families and the kids in K-12 education, so it's a good fit at a good time," Grube said.

Grube said he is working with Garilee Ogden, the district's new superintendent, on the implementation of the district's goals that focus on academic achievement and fiscal responsibility.

Grube said the Groveport Madison district is developing action plans to address each of its goals.

"As deputy superintendent, my role is largely to assist with the day-to-day internal operations of the district to make sure those bigger-picture things are getting done and working with the directors to implement the curricular and operational things," he said.

Grube said he realizes there will be challenges along the way but is looking forward to them as well as the new faces who bring a lot of "experience and talent" to the district.

"I do think the excitement of the new high school being built and opening it will shine a light on the need to look at what is going on with our middle and elementary school buildings," he said.

"The challenge/opportunity is making sure that we are delivering the best academic opportunities for kids -- that is always a case when we want to make sure our kids grow and are successful.

"It's challenging us to make sure we are meeting their needs and providing the best options for kids," he said.

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