Father, son combo on east Detroit board

EASTPOINTE, Mich. — Jon Gruenberg of Eastpointe will join his father on the East Detroit Board of Education in January after winning one of four open seats in a field of six candidates, according to The (Southgate) News-Herald.

The elder Gruenberg, also named Jon, told The News-Herald that he was surprised to learn his son had filed as a candidate, but ended up giving him advice on what to expect.

The younger Gruenberg, an East Detroit and Central Michigan University graduate, manages a local fast food restaurant, The News-Herald reported. The 24-year-old told The News-Herald that he has fresh ideas for the district based on his education and experience.

He also told The News-Herald that he learned a lesson during the campaign, when someone anonymously provided area media with a Facebook photo of him making an obscene gesture during his college years.

“I was a little younger then and not really thinking, but I now realize how your past decisions can impact your future,” he said, according to The News-Herald.

For school business, the senior Gruenberg will be called Jon Scott Gruenberg while his son will be known as Jon Glen Gruenberg, The News-Herald reported.


The (Southgate) News-Herald, “Son joins father on East Detroit School Board,” Nov. 20, 2011


Michigan Education Report, “The proper role of a public school board,” June 21, 2010