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posted: 8/9/2013 4:27 PM

Kaneland 302 school board member resigns

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  • Joe Oberweis

    Joe Oberweis


The Kaneland school board will be looking for a new member to replace Joe Oberweis.

Oberweis said Friday he will resign from the board, as of Tuesday, because he will be moving out of the district.

The Sugar Grove resident is building a new home in Batavia.

Oberweis, 32, was elected to the board in April 2011. He is president of the Oberweis dairy company, and the son of State Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove.

Even though the house isn't ready yet, Oberweis felt it was best to resign before the school year begins. That way a new board member can come on at the beginning of the school year.

"There is a certain cyclical nature that goes on in a school district," he said.

Asked if he was particularly proud of anything done during his tenure, Oberweis demurred, saying it is a collaborative effort by the whole board. He said, however, that serving on the committee that negotiated the latest contract with the Kaneland teachers union was the most interesting thing he did. Unlike previous negotiations, which were contentious, getting the current contract done, months ahead of expiration, went well and produced a contract that is a "great foundation" for the future, he said.

Oberweis said he would have liked to have gotten more experience in figuring out performance-based compensation for teachers.

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