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Elgin woman finalist for U-46 vacancy

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Elgin Area School District U-46 has named a finalist to fill a vacancy on the seven-member school board.

The school board Monday night is expected to appoint Linda Campos-Moreira of Elgin to the seat vacated by Frank Napolitano, who resigned March 21 because he moved out of district. Campos-Moreira is expected to be sworn in at that meeting. She would serve until the next election in April 2015.

Whoever is elected then will serve out the remainder of the term for that seat through April 2017.

In 2013, Campos-Moreira ran unsuccessfully for the U-46 school board. She was selected from among eight candidates who applied and were interviewed by the board.

"The board of education wants to thank all of the candidates who expressed their willingness to serve our U-46 communities and students," school board President Donna Smith said in a news release. "We were impressed by all of the candidates we interviewed and the board hopes they will continue their involvement in U-46."

Campos-Moreira has served as admissions recruitment coordinator for Elgin Community College since 2011. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member in ECC's Department of General Student Development, and as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Social Work.

She has been involved with civic organizations including One Voice, Carpentersville Speak Out Against Prejudice (SOAP), Elgin Metropolitan Family Services, Chicago Elgin Dreamers United, and ECC's Alliance for College Readiness, Black History Month and Latino Heritage Month committees.

Campos-Moreira holds a bachelor of arts degree in applied psychology, and two master's degrees in social work and education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is working toward a doctorate in social work at UIC.

By state law, if the U-46 school board does not select a new board member by Monday, the authority to appoint transfers to the Regional Office of Education.

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