New member chosen for Kaneland School Board
By Linda Girardi For Sun-Times Media September 12, 2013 11:46AM
Peter Lopatin is the new member of the Kaneland School Board. | Submitted
Updated: October 15, 2013 6:28AM
The Kaneland School Board has found a replacement for former board member Joe Oberweis, who resigned because he is moving out of the district.
The board has decided to appoint Peter Lopatin to fill the vacancy from a field of five candidates.
“Mr. Lopatin was impressive in his preparation for the interview and in his desire to serve,” Board President Cheryl Krauspe said.
Lopatin resides in Sugar Grove and has a business background, as did his predecessor. Lopatin said in his resume that he is president of a consulting practice, Godeep Systems, in Sugar Grove and he has business experience in the health care field and non-profit organizations. He was recently appointed to the Kaneland Citizens Advisory Committee and serves on the Kaneland Arts Initiative Committee.
Lopatin said in his letter of interest: “Professionally, I work in strategic planning, financial and market analysis and process involvement. I believe that all of these skills will add value to the work of the board in fulfilling its responsibilities to the community.”
Krauspe said the selection process included an interview with questions and a rating used by individual board members at a special meeting held on Saturday. She said consensus was reached through discussion and collaboration.
“Board members commented that they felt the process was a positive one, fair and thorough,” she said.
Krauspe said Lopatin shared a clear understanding of the work of the board, the issues facing the Kaneland school district and experience in the kind of teamwork needed in a school board member.
“He has a skill set that demonstrates much thoughtful insight, effective decision-making, group facilitation and diplomacy. He will add a valuable voice to ask all the right questions moving forward,” Krauspe said.
Lopatin has a stepchild in the Kaneland school system and his wife, Diane McFarlin, is an assistant principal in the district. Krauspe said having a relative working in the district is not so uncommon in a small rural district, but something they do keep in mind when making the selection.