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District 62 school board fills vacancy

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Daily Herald staff report

Des Plaines Elementary District 62 school board this week appointed a longtime community volunteer to a vacant board seat.

Following extensive candidate interviews, the board selected Ronald Burton to fill the unexpired term of former Trustee Robert Suriano, who resigned in December due to family obligations. Suriano's term expires in April 2013.

Burton will be sworn in at the board's Feb. 21 meeting, 7 p.m. in the Forest School board room. Burton, a document processing manager, has two children attending Algonquin Middle School. He served as president and school board caucus liaison of the Forest School PTC and is presently vice president and treasurer of the Algonquin parent-teacher group.

Burton also has served on the District 62 Master Plan Steering Committee, the Des Plaines Youth Commission, Boy Scouts of America, and coached for the Des Plaines Park District, Des Plaines Baseball, Jr. Warriors Football, and Central Little League.

"I have considered running several times, but felt the candidates were very good and that a change was not warranted. Since this unforeseen opening is available, I truly felt this was the time to step forward," Burton said in a news release.

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