School Board bids goodbye to two members, welcomes new additions

By on May 16, 2013

by Mary Parrilli
KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on May 8 said goodbye to two of its members, Elmer Gramley and Kenneth Carter. Both men chose not to seek re-election in the April 9 Consolidated Election.

Gramley offered a farewell speech during the meeting.

“There were many highs and lows during my time on the board. I think it’s very important to have all opportunities open to all students,” Gramley said. “You know, my uncle and my grandfather served on the (District) 302 board, as well, so education is very important to my family and I,” said Gramley in his farewell speech at the meeting.

Gramley served two terms over eight years on the School Board. In addition to his regular board responsibilities during that time, Gramley served on the Facility Committee and Hall of Fame Committee. According to School Board President Cheryl Krauspe, Gramley was instrumental in the formation of many intergovernmental agreements with local municipalities.

Carter served as a liaison to the Finance Committee during his lone term on the School Board. Krauspe said that Carter made his board commitments a priority in spite of his busy travel schedule for work, and he could always be counted on to be present with his valuable contributions.

“I just wanted to say that I appreciate all of the effort from all teachers and administration,” Carter said during the meeting.

“I do thank Elmer and Ken for their combined 12 years of service on the Board of Education,” Kaneland Superintendent Jeff Schuler said. “Both have been very committed to our students, and as board members have put the needs of interests of students first. We thank them for their service.”

Krauspe said the board has benefited immeasurably from the commitment and dedication of both Gramley and Carter.

“Both Elmer and Ken will be missed as we transition forward without them. They have shared their vision for the Kaneland School District, and worked tirelessly to meet the goals of the strategic plan when the work has been very crucial,” she said.

Replacing Gramley and Carter will be newly elected School Board members Veronica Bruhl and Pedro Rivas. The two were recognized during the meeting and then called to their respective spots at the School Board table.

“We are excited to work with Pedro and Veronica,” Schuler said. “Both have been very involved in our advisory committees and come to the board with a very strong understanding of the district, our finances and our operations. That helps significantly with the transition to the board.”

The board also voted on its president, vice president and secretary seats. Cheryl Krauspe, who was re-elected in April, will retain her School Board president position. Board member Teresa Witt will take over for Gramley as vice president seat, while Gale Pavlak will assume the role of board secretary.