By Sue Moore
A resolution authored by State Representative Margaret O’Brian and State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker was presented to David Krum at his final school board meeting in Schoolcraft. With his entire family in attendance, it was read in honor of his role as a community leader and stated, in part:
“David Krum has served the Schoolcraft School Board with a strong, guiding presence since 1976, with several years as its president. He was the owner of Krum-Hallam Chevrolet, a four decades director of the Kalamazoo County State Bank, attended all of Schoolcraft’s home football games since 1969 as a member of the sideline chain-gang, and is a deacon of the Schoolcraft Presbyterian Church.”
Krum decided not to run for an additional six year term last November. Also, retiring at this meeting was trustee Jeanette Marshall, who ran but was defeated for a second term in office.
Krum reflected on his years of service by congratulating the many great educators he has worked with over the course of 30 years. Then it was the board’s turn to commend Krum, saying he puts others first and only thinks about the good of the community. One member said Ken built on the Krum family legacy by making a difference and touching many lives in Schoolcraft. His best friend Skip Fox, who has served almost as long on the board, lauded Krum for his great ideas and thoughts.
Superintendent Rusty Stitt told the audience that Krum has been a servant leader. “He comes from a rich tradition, seeking what is best for all students and how the schools can make the community stronger.”
Jeanette Marshall Also Honored Upon Her Retirement
Then it was Marshall’s turn to take the compliments from her fellow board members telling her she will be greatly missed. She was characterized as a kind, caring soul with a talent for developing others. She finds the good in everybody, is a great listener, and when she speaks, the board listens.
The board also acknowledged the championship girls’ volleyball team and honored their academic all-state award achievement for three years in a row, with half of the team represented on the National Honor Society this year. They were undefeated KVA champs for three years in a row according to their Coach Erin Onken. “I push them every day, focusing each on high expectations for themselves. There were probably 1,000 people at the finals at Kellogg in Battle Creek, which was a testament to the community’s support. I honor them every day,” said as she summed up the season.