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Grozinger Retiring After 25 Years of Growing Ag Program
Thursday, April 29, 2010
By Laura Schuler, Constitution Tribune

CAPTION: Jim Grozinger, long-time ag instructor and FFA adviser at Grand River Technical School, talks with a few of his students. Grozinger is retiring from his full-time position, which he's held for 26 years.

C-T Photo/ Laura Schuler

When Jim Grozinger taught his first ag class at the Grand River Technical School 26 years ago, most of his students were from the farm. They were mostly male and the curriculum focused on how to raise livestock and grow crops.

Now, with less than a month before Grozinger retires full-time from the teaching profession, ag classes and the students enrolled in them are much different. "We've gone from mainly rural or farm kids to mainly town kids, with no ag background to speak of in the ag program," said Grozinger this week.

The long-time ag instructor and FFA adviser will be honored during the Chillicothe FFA's annual awards banquet. He will leave the Chillicothe R-2 School District just a year shy of the record set by Bill Gutshall, who served as an ag instructor and FFA adviser at GRTS for 27 years. Grozinger began teaching in the R-2 District in 1984, alongside Gutshall, Don Cassida, David Nowland, and Roger Wolf (now a co-director of the school).

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