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Chino Valley school board loses Kaecker to cancer

<b>Bob Kaecker</b>

<b>Bob Kaecker</b>

The Chino Valley education community is mourning the loss of school board member Bob Kaecker, who lost his yearlong battle with lung cancer this past Thursday.

"I am very sad to see him go," fellow governing board member Jo Kelleher said Monday. "When I first came on board five years ago, he was very kind to me and made sure I had everything I needed.

"Bob had a good heart and a great sense of humor. I admired very much that he was number one for kids, and that ethic was translated to the board."

First elected to the school board in 2002, Kaecker was the longest serving member of the governing board. Despite his illness, Kaecker remained a strong advocate for students and continued to perform his duties as a member of the school board until the day of his passing.

Governing Board President Travis Bard described Kaecker as a "shining light for community service and giving to the community. He will be sorely missed not only by the school district but the entire community and other organizations."

Boardmember Peter Atonna stated "there is universal sadness at the news of Bob's passing. He was one of those fellows with a good heart and a good mind. He was a delight to work with."

According to Atonna, "Even though his health was failing this last year, his mind remained sharp and alert. Bob was a real anchor and it is a large hole he is leaving."

The newest member of the school board, Penny Hubble, knew Kaecker before her election.

"He was a fantastic man. What really shined, for me, was his attitude," she said Monday. "He was always so optimistic. He will be greatly missed; he was a great friend of mine. He was always so helpful and for that I will always be grateful."

Kaecker's death leaves a vacancy on the school board. County School Superintendent Tim Carter will announce within the next week the timeline for nominations and appointment to the vacant seat. The person appointed to the position will serve until Dec. 31, 2012, the remainder of Kaecker's term.

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