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Article updated: 8/30/2013 3:30 PM

Five apply for Dist. 302 vacancy

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Three men and two women have applied to fill the vacancy on the Kaneland school board.

The school board will interview the candidates in a closed-door session Sept. 7, and choose one Sept. 9.

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The candidates are:

• Adam Parks of Aurora. According to the resume he submitted, Parks works as a financial adviser, and has two children attending Kaneland McDole Elementary School.

• Monica Kellen of Sugar Grove. Kellen has worked as a training and curriculum development manager, according to her resume. She is chairman of the district's Citizens Advisory Committee, and a director of the Kaneland Foundation.

• Jerry Elliott, of an unincorporated area near Aurora. He is treasurer of the Sugar Grove Water Authority, and worked in manufacturing management, including as vice president of Cascade Manufacturing of Yorkville.

• Peter Lopatin of Sugar Grove. Lopatin is a new appointee to the CAC, and served on the district's handbook review committee. He has a stepdaughter attending Kaneland High School, and his wife, Diane McFarlin, is assistant principal at Kaneland, he wrote. He has been president of Godeep Systems consulting firm since September 2012.

• Carolyn Decatur of Sugar Grove, who has three children, two of whom attend McDole. She is a regulatory analyst for IHS, a company that provides market and economic information.

Whoever is picked will serve until the April 2015 election.

The spot is open because Joe Oberweis is moving out of the district.

On Monday, Elliott gave the school board a petition that he said contained 65 signatures of people who support his candidacy.

Lopatin tried to run as a write-in candidate for the board in April but was disqualified because of his residency. No more than three people from one township can serve on the board at a time, and the board already had three representatives from Sugar Grove Township.

Nobody from Blackberry Township was eligible to fill the vacancy, for the same reason.

The district goes into all or part of eight townships.

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