GENOA – Long-time teacher and administrator in Genoa-Kingston School District 424 Barb Gustafson was appointed to an open board of education seat at a special meeting Tuesday.
Gustafson, who worked for the district for 33 years, replaced board vice president Steve Caldwell who resigned in November citing conflicts with his work schedule. He had served on the board for 15 years.
Gustafson said she taught third grade for 18 years and second grade for two or three years before accepting the position of principal at Kingston Elementary in 1992. When the fourth- and fifth-grade classes were moved to Genoa Elementary, Gustafson took over as principal of that building until her retirement in 2007.
After retirement, she said she has worked at the H&R Block office in Genoa and did some substitute teaching, but always had the desire to do more with the schools.
“I talked about running during the last election, but when this opening came up with Steve retiring, I thought it was a good way to get started and see if I like it,” Gustafson said. “I wanted to get back to the school community that treated me so well for 33 years.”
Gustafson will finish Caldwell’s two-year term ending in April 2015.
Board President Paul Kruse said he is pleased to have Gustafson aboard.
“We’ve got a good team,” Kruse said. “Barb has a lot of history with the district, and I’m looking forward to drawing on that going forward.”
“I have a lot of friends still teaching,” Gustafson said. “I know the curriculum, and I know where the district is headed.
“I’m ready to go.”
After approving Gustafson’s appointment to the board, members elected Kerri Sosnowski to the position of vice president vacated when Caldwell resigned.