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Two new board members begin tenure with Richland schools

CREST HILL – The addition of two new members has made the Richland School District 88a Board whole again.

Stephanie Hernandez and Joette Capalbo were appointed by the board to two-year terms at the board’s May 20 meeting. They join April election winners Sam Chellino, Steve McNabb, Michelle Cipiti and Stormy Reiter, as well as President Julie Starasinich, on the school board.

The two new members joined the board for their first full meeting Wednesday.

Hernandez unsuccessfully ran for one of the four open four-year terms on the board during the election.

“We’re very happy to have them,” Starasinich said. “They showed a strong interest in the district, as all the candidates did. We have a strong board and that will continue. We had a good pool to choose from.”

Hernandez and Capalbo fill two unexpired terms that will be up for election in 2017. One was a two-year unexpired term that no one ran for on the April 7 ballot.

The other one opened up after board member Sylvia Zielke resigned April 29.

Superintendent Michael Early said seven people pulled application packets when the district started soliciting the public for those interested in serving on the board.

“Six people returned completed packets,” Early said. “After the packets were returned, we had one person withdraw the name. That left five people vying for two seats.”

The five candidates were interviewed at the May 20 board meeting during a closed session. Early said it was a difficult decision for the board because all the candidates brought their own skills to the table.

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