She replaces 8-year president Wiet
by Keith Beebe
KANELANDâ€”The Kaneland School Board on Monday unanimously elected Board Secretary Cheryl Krauspe as the new board president.
Krauspe will replace Lisa Wiet, who had served as president since November 2002. Wiet nominated Krauspe for the presidentâ€™s position before board members cast their votes in the annual election of board officers Monday.
â€œI think it was very obvious that Cheryl had the unanimous support of the board,â€ Wiet said Tuesday. â€œIt was time.â€
Krauspe, who had been board secretary, said she is eager to take on her new role as president and felt comforted by Wietâ€™s support. She also praised Wietâ€™s work as the boardâ€™s leader.
â€œIâ€™d like to thank Lisa for her leadership, her subordination of self-interest as president (and) her forward vision to make sure the board moved in a positive direction,â€ she said. â€œNot only did (she) give each board member an opportunity to participate fully in the boardroom, (she) did a great deal outside of the boardroom, which to most of us went grossly underappreciated.â€
Krauspe said she expects to learn and to make mistakes as board president, but feels fortunate that she can draw from Wietâ€™s experience and wisdom.
Wiet said Tuesday that she is glad for Krauspe.
â€œI didnâ€™t think Iâ€™d end up serving seven or eight terms when I first became board president in 2002,â€ Wiet said. â€œI am delighted to turn it over to Cheryl, though. I believe sheâ€™ll do a wonderful job, and I hope sheâ€™ll do things her own way instead of trying to emulate me.â€
Wiet was elected Monday to replace Krauspe as board secretary, a role with which she is very familiar.
â€œBoard secretary is a function I did many years ago,â€ Wiet said. â€œThe really nice part (about the position) is I can work really closely with Cheryl.â€
Martha Quetsch contributed to this article.
District also has new superintendent
KANELANDâ€”Outgoing Kaneland School Board President Lisa Wiet said she believes Jeff Schuler, currently the assistant district superintendent, will make a smooth transition into the role of superintendent.
Schuler will replace Charlie McCormick, who has served as District 302 superintendent for 12 years and is retiring at the end of the school year.
â€œWe interviewed Jeff three or four years ago as a potential candidate, but we never made any promises that heâ€™d one day become superintendent,â€ she said. â€œHeâ€™s turned out to be exactly what we were hoping for.â€
Mondayâ€™s School Board meeting was the final one for McCormick, who commented on his time with the district.
â€œ(My time here) has been a very active period in the Kaneland history. We built a lot of schools, got a lot of changes and a lot of growth,â€ McCormick said. â€œI am really honored to have been a part of it.â€