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Five candidates aiming for seat on Kaneland board

SUGAR GROVE – Five candidates have emerged for an open position on the Kaneland School District 302 Board. 

And while the names of those who have applied won’t be revealed by the board, at least one is known – Sugar Grove resident Jerry Elliott announced he would be running during the public comment portion of Monday night’s school board meeting at Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove.

The board must appoint a replacement for Joe Oberweis, a former school board member who has resigned. Oberweis is moving to Batavia, which is not in District 302.

Oberweis is the son of state Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove.

Cheryl Krauspe, the board’s president, said the board would meet Sept. 7, a Saturday, to conduct interviews in closed session. She said she hopes the new member of the board will be seated for the Sept. 9 meeting. 

Because Elliott made his application public, his candidacy is known, but Krauspe wrote in an email that the board is “not planning to release the names of applicants who were not selected.”

Krauspe said the board will be meeting with all five candidates, individually, and that all met the requirements of the position.

Because three current members on the board are from Blackberry Township, the new board member must not be from that township.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the board talked in depth about the Adequate Yearly Progress standards, which were missed at three schools – Harter Middle School, and Blackberry Creek and McDole elementary schools.

Kaneland High School met the standards for the first time since 2008.

But the only action required in the district is at John Stewart Elementary School, which met the standards this year after falling short last year.

The choice option remains in effect until the school successfully meets the standards for two consecutive years.

The school, which receives Title 1 funding, must offer its families a choice of attending another school in the district that met the standard, and the only such option is John Shields Elementary in Sugar Grove. 

Superintendent Jeff Schuler said letters soon would be sent to parents of Stewart students, explaining the option.

When the choice option was offered last year, there were no families switching to the choice at the time, which was McDole Elementary in Montgomery, officials said.

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