Green Elementary to be Renamed After Retiring Principal Kathy Sheiko

At the final West Bloomfield School District board of education meeting of the school year, the board surprised retiring principal Kathy Sheiko and just about everyone else with announcement of school's name change.

Kathy Sheiko thought that she was coming to the podium at the final West Bloomfield School District board of education meeting of the school year to accept a star certificate for her 26 years of service as principal.

The board surprised Sheiko as well as almost everyone in attendance at the packed meeting in the media center by moving to rename Green as Sheiko Elementary School.

"I drove to your building every morning for three children because … what I found was a loving environment with a principal who was at the front door, driving traffic … knowing the parents names, and knowing how to direct the parents out the door, including myself," said Vice President Bruce Tobin. "We all knew what the expectations were in your building and it went a long way. We have been the beneficiaries of 26 years of greatness."

Sheiko was stunned and thrilled, joined by family including her husband, Paul, and children.

“I have words prepared for my star award, but never in my wildest dreams did I ever believe that I would have so many wonderful people in the audience from my past and present,” Sheiko said amid tears. “To name the school after me just completely blows me away. It’s an honor that was certainly unexpected … and I am truly grateful.”

T. Plaunt September 04, 2011 at 01:57 PM
I'm very disappointed the school was renamed. As a past student of Green Elementary, living far out of state, I was able to return to West Bloomfield. I gave my kids to tour of the city and was shocked to find my school renamed. This is wonderful for the current generation, but what about the past students that attended Green. You could have honored her another way. How about a nice large plaque like the sports hall of fame? West Bloomfield is a fantastic school district with many, many great employees and plenty had more than 26 years experience. I'm sure they influenced as many kids lives! I'm glad I'm not a descendent of the Green family that donated the land. I'm very disappionted. So disappointed and kind of upset.
T. Plaunt September 04, 2011 at 01:58 PM
T. Plaunt September 04, 2011 at 01:59 PM
I remember Mrs. Schroeder. I loved her and hope she was "given a building"!
jeff September 06, 2011 at 10:16 PM
Why not buy her a watch?
Matthew September 08, 2011 at 07:14 PM
Mrs. Sheiko is great and all, but why was this name change done with out any sort of participation/vote from the public. I'm really not in favor of this name change, its kind of weird and seems very unprofessional the way it all happened. Its as the board was in their own little world and thought the 1,000's of kids that went there and their families didn't matter, plus there is an actual history and reason the school has been called Green School. Very little respect from the board. This guy Bruce Tobin doesn't sound like the most aware individual to be a part of the board.


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