It's the second vacancy on the Spring Lake school board that was filled in the past month.
In December, the board appointed Dennis Devlin, a former member of the board, to fill the vacancy created when Dina Horne resigned in November. Horne was unable to finish her term, which expires in November 2014, because her family moved out of the district.
During a special meeting Monday morning, the school board selected Frifeldt from a list of candidates who applied to fill Kramer's vacant seat.
Frifeldt will serve the remainder of Kramer’s term, which also ends in November 2014.
Kramer, who served on the board since 2001 and was its secretary, resigned in December. Although Kramer said she had reasons for resigning, she declined to talk about them publically.
Superintendent Dennis Furton said Kramer brought an unrivaled passion to public education.
“Her insight into critical issues will be missed,” Furton said. “In addition, Madonna was a tremendous contributor, serving on committees and spending many extra hours each month on board matters.”
The board appointed Devlin to fill in as secretary until new officers are named at the board’s Jan. 21 meeting.
Furton said Frifeldt has a rich financial background that will prove to be an asset to the board and school district.
Frifeldt is the owner of a wealth management company, Frifeldt Investment Counsel. He has two children in Spring Lake schools and was a member of the Spring Lake Schools Foundation.
Frifeldt said he wanted to serve on the school board to use his skills and efforts in continuing the district’s success.
“I’m hoping to assist them in achieving their objective in working toward increasing the use of technology in the classroom,” he said.