MAPLE PARK – Three Sugar Grove residents and two people from Aurora will be vying to fill the open seat on the Kaneland School District 302 board.
Kaneland officials revealed the names in a news release issued Friday.
The seat is open because of the recent resignation of Joe Oberweis, who resigned because he is moving to Batavia.
Board members will conduct interviews Sept. 7, and board president Cheryl Krauspe has said the new member could be in place for the Sept. 9 board meeting.
The board must appoint Oberweis’ replacement.
The most recent board election didn’t draw as much attention, but it’s notable that Sugar Grove Township residents were not able to prevail in that election because of the amount of people already serving on the board from that area.
Because Oberweis is from that area, such residents now are eligible to serve.
Among the candidates are:
• Monica A. Kellen, a Sugar Grove resident. Kellen’s resume indicates she is involved in the PTO at John Shields Elementary School and was the director of the Kaneland Foundation in 2009 and 2010.
• Carolyn A. Decatur, a Sugar Grove resident, who is a regulatory analyst for a company called IHS.
Her cover letter indicates that her children attend McDole Elementary School.
• Peter Lopatin, a Sugar Grove resident.
His resume indicates he is a member of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee and a founding member of the Kaneland Arts Initiative. His cover letter indicates he is married to Diane McFarlin, the Kaneland High School assistant principal.
• Jerry Elliott, an Aurora resident. Elliott informed board members of his intention to run at Monday’s meeting in Sugar Grove.
His resume indicates he is the treasurer of the Sugar Grove Water Authority Board.
• Adam Parks, an Aurora resident. Parks’ cover letter indicates he has children at McDole Elementary.
His resume indicates he is a financial adviser at First Command Financial Services.