BY DENISE SOBH
Longtime community leader Wayne Sieloff has resigned from his position as a trustee on the Trenton Board of Education in anticipation of moving his family to the Lansing area by later this year.
The move had been anticipated since last December, when he accepted the position as chief executive officer of Capital Region Airport Authority.
“It has been an honor to serve the residents as a Trenton Board of Education trustee for more than 13 years,” said Sieloff, who has been active in community affairs in Trenton since spearheading the creation of a community booster group called “Spirit of Trenton” in the 1990. He also served one term as mayor from 1997-1999.
“I am proud of what our school district has accomplished; the many successes of our students and our dedicated teachers and staff.”
While on the board, Sieloff served as president, vice president, treasurer, trustee and secretary. Along with serving as school board member and mayor, he served in several other official capacities, including city councilman, planning commissioner, downtown development authority member, and brownfield redevelopment authority member.
“We will definitely miss having Mr. Sieloff on the board and his breadth of knowledge on certain subjects,” said fellow board member Rachel Helton. “He is committed to the community and the students, and doing good things for whatever city he is in,”
Trenton Superintendent Rodney Wakeham said Sieloff’s 13 years of experience will be missed.
“His background in engineering was important during the last facilities improvement bond passed in 2008,” Wakeham said. “His insight and attention to detail helped the district get the most with the revenue.
“Mr. Sieloff also helped with the self-improvement process for the board and establishing goals. Throughout his tenure on the board, he remained steadfast in promoting Trenton Public Schools to become the best school district in Wayne County.”
Sieloff, an architect by trade, was previously vice president of strategic planning and development of the Wayne County Airport Authority. He also held other roles with the Airport Authority, including director, deputy director and architect. In his new role with the Lansing Airport, his goal is to build and strengthen community relationships and to make sure that LAN is the airport of choice within the region.
Sieloff’’s resignation was effective Sept. 26. The Board of Education has until Oct. 26 to appoint a replacement. The appointee will serve until after the next election to be held on November of 2018.
Michigan law requires that a person appointed to fill a school board vacancy shall serve until the next regular election, in this case Nov. 6, 2018. The appointee will fill the vacant position for the remainder of Sieloff’s term or until Dec. 31, 2018.
“Wayne Sieloff has positively influenced the lives of all who are a part of the Trenton educational community,” said Wakeham. “The Board of Education of Trenton Public Schools not only on their behalf, but also that of the superintendent of schools and the administration, extends their congratulations to a job well done their sincere gratitude for the invaluable contributions Mr. Sieloff has made to the Trenton Public Schools district.”
The district is seeking community members interested in serving the remainder of the term. Interested parties should submit a letter of interest and resume to the Board of Education office by 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 3.