On December 10, I had the honor to swear in re-elected Kings County Office of Education Board of Trustee Bill Gundacker and newly elected Trustee Mike Robinson. Mr. Gundacker has been an elected Board member of the Kings County Office of Education since 2002, and formerly was the Director of Kings County’s Human Service agency. Mr. Robinson, a local business owner, is new to the County Board. Both grew up in Kings County and have long-standing connections to our community.
Although we are delighted to have two knowledgeable and vibrant board members that will carry on the outstanding work of our County office board, I cannot help thinking how much I will miss John Boogaard, our outgoing Board member and dynamic gentleman who devoted over 40 years of public service to the students , parents and educational staff of Kings County.
John served on the County Board since 1985. Prior to that time John served on the Hanford High School District Board as well as the Hanford Christian School Board. During his tenure on our board, John rarely missed a meeting and was always prepared to take on the many topics and decisions faced by the board. He sat in on countless student appeal meetings, always basing his decision on what was best for the student and what was permissible by law. John was always interested in our students and our programs and regularly attended student presentations and ceremonies. John’s experience and knowledge was often called upon by other Board members when questions arose during the course of a meeting. He was our elder statesman.
We have been so fortunate with someone we could turn to, whom we could learn from, whom we could trust. So we thank you, John Boogaard, for all the kindnesses over all these years. We thank you for always being there when you were needed; we thank you for your frankness, honesty, and genuine concern. You will always carry a big piece of our heart.
Kings County Superintendent of Schools