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Kaneland School Board seeks to fill vacant seat

SUGAR GROVE – The Kaneland School Board is aiming to fill its vacant board position soon with hopes of seating a new member by Sept. 9, according to officials.

On Monday, the board approved, with regret, the resignation of Joe Oberweis, who has been a school board member there since being elected to a four-year term in 2011. Oberweis previously stated that he resigned because he and his family are moving to Batavia, which is outside of Kaneland district boundaries.

“I will miss his valuable voice on the board,” board president Cheryl Krauspe wrote in an email. “He asked all the right questions. I am grateful he was willing to serve.”

Krauspe said in the email that the school board has 45 days to fill the position, “but the board is attempting to move forward more rapidly by seating a new member at our Sept. 9 meeting.”

The board is now seeking applications from anyone interested in running for the remainder of the term, which ends April 7, 2015. The board seeks a new member who is not from Blackberry Township, because the board already has three members from that area.

Those interested in applying should submit a letter of application and resume at the Board of Education at 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, IL 60151, by 8 a.m. on Aug. 26.

Applicants should be at least 18 years old, a resident of the Kaneland district for at least one year preceding the appointment, a registered voter and not be a child sex offender, according to a news release.

Board members plan to conduct interviews between Aug. 26 and early September.

A special board meeting likely will be announced to conduct candidate interviews during the selection process, according to the proposed timeline.

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