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Gary Grassia - 1st Vice President

Place 6 - Term Ends 2025

Place 6 Trustee Gary Grassia, a Crowley ISD parent and Fort Worth business owner, believes education is a crucial foundation in life — whether it leads to college or a different path.

“There are a number of different avenues than just college,” Grassia said. “I want to make sure that Crowley ISD is preparing these kids for the real world. I think Crowley is doing a great job, especially with some of the new programs that are coming out and the CTE [Career and Technology Education] Center and not just having the traditional mindset of, if you don’t go to college, you’re not going to make it.”  

Grassia joined the Board of Trustees in 2015. He wants to ensure that all voices in the district are heard, he said.

Hands-on learning opportunities for students, such as those offered at the Bill R. Johnson CTE Center, are important for many students, and Grassia wants Crowley ISD’s efforts in that and other areas to stand out. 

“My hope for Crowley ISD is that other people outside of the district say, ‘Let’s go to Crowley. Have you seen what they’re doing?’” Grassia said.

Grassia and his wife, Jennifer, have three daughters, all of whom attended CISD schools from kindergarten through their North Crowley High School graduation. Victoria, his oldest, recently graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Graphic Design; Annaliese is attending The University of Texas at Austin; and Juliana is attending Tarrant County College.  

Grassia graduated from Southwest High School in Fort Worth in 1993 and attended East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University – Commerce, for one year, but ultimately, he chose to pursue other career opportunities outside of a college setting.

Outside of operating his business and handling his school board duties, Grassia spends a good bit of time volunteering with 501(c)(3) organizations. Currently, he serves on the board for the Chisholm Trail Education Foundation Board.

Fun Fact: Grassia has a musical family. He plays the trombone and all three of his children have been in band. His oldest and youngest daughters play the trombone, and his middle child and wife play the flute.