Larry Haenel was elected the new president of the Santa Rosa School Board after the seven member board conducted its annual re-organization vote Wednesday night. Haenel was chosen in a unanimous vote. Veteran trustee Bill Carle was elected vice president and Laura Gonzalez was voted in as clerk.

Frank Pugh

Outgoing board president Frank Pugh was given a mounted gavel – his fifth “thank you for serving as president” plaque. Pugh has been a board member of Sonoma County’s largest school district for 22 years.

“We thank you for your dedication, your vision and continuous service to education,” Haenel said upon presenting Pugh with his plaque.