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Mequon — Demond Means said Gail Grieger was never one to shy away from tough decisions.

“I can’t say enough about her leadership and her service,” the superintendent of the Mequon-Thiensville School District said during a Dec. 19 school board meeting, honoring Grieger, who was retiring after 11 years as the district's executive director of business services.

A brief retirement reception was held prior to the meeting, complete with a cake and other refreshments.

Grieger, who worked for 27 years in various area school districts, called her time working for the Mequon-Thiensville School District a “privilege and honor.”

Prior to joining MTSD, Grieger was the director of business services for the Cedarburg, Glendale-River Hills, and Maple Dale-Indian Hill school districts. When she came to the Mequon-Thiensville School District, she began as a business assistant.

Means said during the meeting he has worked with many business managers but not one who “puts kids first, puts teachers first” as much as she does.

When asked what sets the district apart, Grieger said it’s the people as well as the high standards the district upholds.

“I will miss working with the people,” she said. “It was very rewarding and I built a lot of relationships.”

During her time with MTSD, Grieger provided oversight for construction projects which were funded by the district’s 2015 referendum. She also worked to balance district budgets among other duties.

Means said Grieger “possesses a unique ability to explain complex elements of school finance to the public.”

He added that she can “simplify the issues and ensure that resources were going back to the classroom.”

“Student success was always her No. 1 priority,” Means said in a press release.

Grieger said she is most looking forward to spending more time with family and friends. She'll be kicking off her retirement with a trip to Florida soon to escape the winter weather.

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