Jeff Grosse and Kelly Schaper have been selected by the Auburn School District Board of Directors as the Classified Employees of the Year. They will officially be recognized at this coming Monday’s School Board meeting. Grose is the Executive Director of Capital Projects working in the ASD administrative offices. Schaper works as a one-on-one para-educator in the Pathways program.
What began as a temporary position in 1980 has become a rewarding 38-year career. Grose’s career with the ASD as a two-year position overseeing the remodel of five elementary schools and the high school field. With continued growth in the ASD, he has overseen construction and renovations at all 27 ASD facilities.
Most recently, under Jeff’s leadership, a facilities community Ad Hoc committee put together a $456 million bond package to build two new elementary schools and replace six aging schools. This package approved by voters in 2016. The groundbreaking for Olympic Middle School is March 20th at 6:00pm.
In every project Grose manages, he convenes a group of experts to define educational specifications for each building. He relies on staff and design consultant expertise in regard to what works best in school design and functionality “Every group of stakeholders is different. Every project is different. And every workday is different,” he said.
Having set the “gold standard for how school district capital projects departments should function,” Grose has contributed to the community for generations to come. “Jeff’s passion is focused on building schools in which students can learn and thrive,” said Cindi Blansfield, assistant superintendent of business and operations.
Jeff grew up in Michigan and earned his bachelor’s in architecture from the University of Michigan. He then continued his education earning a bachelor’s in building construction and Master’s in Architecture from the University of Washington.
He and his wife Michele have three grown children. He spends his free time with his family, fixing up his 95-year-old house in Seattle, officiating women’s lacrosse and he serves on the U.S. Lacrosse national committee that reviews and establishes rules for youth and high school girls’ lacrosse.