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He leaves Oconto Falls School Board after 18 years

Warren Bluhm,

Ron Leja, left, and Sharon Stodola-Eslien, elected to three-year terms April 2, are sworn in by Oconto Falls School Board clerk Clint Gardebrecht during the board’s April 8 meeting. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

An 18-year veteran of the Oconto Falls School Board said he was honored to have served, while his successor was sworn in, during the board’s monthly meeting April 8.

Tracey Krumrei has been on the board for 18 years but finished third in the April 2 election for two open seats.

Superintendent Dean Hess said Krumrei was on the team that worked on several building projects, positive improvement processes, and other difficult tasks.

“Bottom line is you took time away from your family, things you could be doing elsewhere for the service that you provided to the district, and I thank you,” Hess said.

Krumrei said he was honored to be a board member and will miss it. He told an anecdote about how teachers stepped forward with his daughter’s best interests in mind when she needed help.

“I asked her about this last night and she said, ‘They refused to let me fail,’” Krumrei said. “But it’s not about my daughter … You do that every single day to all of the kids who come through this district.”

Toward the end of the meeting new board member Sharon Stodola-Eslien and re-elected board president Ron Leja took their oaths of office. The board voted to have their annual reorganization meeting at their regular monthly meeting May 13.