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Article updated: 7/4/2013 11:57 AM

Who else wanted to be a Batavia school board member?

By Susan Sarkauskas

Who were the 10 people who applied to fill a vacancy on the Batavia school board?

The information was released this week to the Daily Herald per a Freedom of Information Act request filed June 24. The district had asked for an extension of time to fulfill it.

The board chose Melanie Impastato June 25.

Other applicants included two men who ran in April for election to the board: Garrick Grizaffi and Jim Karner. Carl Dinwiddie, a frequent critic of Batavia School District 101, also applied. So did Ellen Knautz, an H.C. Storm School parent who recently criticized changes happening at that school.

Most recently, Dinwiddie questioned the amount of money district officials spent, via credit card, on food purchases.

Other applicants were Amanda Davis, William Fox, Melissa Hickman, Clara McLaughlin and Talitha Mueller.

Davis is a career services adviser at Waubonsee Community College. Dinwiddie spent more than 25 years as a federal manager, most recently as chief of the central region of the National Transportation Safety Board. Fox is a regional accounts sales director for Kaleidescape.

Grizaffi is an assistant superintendent with Valley View School District 365U; Hickman, a former teacher and currently stay-at-home parent. Karner is a stay-at-home parent.

Knautz is a piano teacher and works part-time as a public relations specialist for Glendale Heights and website administrator and graphic designer for the village's golf course. McLaughlin is a retired teacher, and Mueller is a social and behavioral therapist for special education students.

Impastato is general counsel for Claims Processing Facility Inc.

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