Kraemer up for county board of education seat

Gilroy – Former Gilroy Unified School Board member, Bob Kraemer
is making a return bid on the education scene. After discovering a
seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Education was open Kraemer
got on the phone and threw his hat into the ring.
Gilroy – Former Gilroy Unified School Board member, Bob Kraemer is making a return bid on the education scene. After discovering a seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Education was open Kraemer got on the phone and threw his hat into the ring.

“I received some phone calls from people who felt I should apply,” he said.

Kraemer lost his seat on the GUSD school board last November, after serving for more than five years. Jaime Rosso was the only incumbent re-elected as newcomers Rhoda Bress and Pat Midtgaard won the other two seats.

The 64-year old has three children who attended Gilroy schools and went on to graduate from California universities.

“I spent five years on the Gilroy School Board, I think I have a good feel for what the county board needs,” Kraemer said. “I think I could make a positive difference to both the county, and in Area 7.”

The Santa Clara County Board of Education has seven elected members who serve four years terms, and represent the governing body of the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Don Kruse currently holds the Area 7 seat, which includes the Gilroy Unified and Morgan Hill Unified among its districts. He will retire from the county school board April 6 due to health issues.

Kraemer received an engineering degree from the Polytechnic Institute of New York, and received his MBA from Golden Gate University. Before moving to Gilroy he served 10 years in the Army, and for more than 25 years, Kraemer worked as senior management for Gilroy Foods.

“I really have no idea how many (other) people applied,” Kraemer said. “I assume that the final candidates will be notified by a phone call or letter saying, ‘I’m sorry, but Uncle Sam doesn’t want you, or not.’ ” The deadline for applicants was March 18.

According to Santa Clara County Board of Education Superintendent Colleen Wilcox, there are 16 applicants who applied for the position. The existing board members will hear candidates speak for three minutes about their past experiences and goals.

“It should be a lengthy process, but I believe we will have someone on April 6,” she said.

Should Kraemer be appointed to Kruse’s seat, he would serve until November 2006 when the term ends.

“I hope to continue to improve public education in the county – public education is in very difficult times right now,” he said.

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