Top Vote Getter Resigns from Mundelein District 75 School Board

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Byline: Mick Zawislak Daily Herald Staff Writer

Hard work and a high profile during times of turmoil in Mundelein District 75 gave Kathy Metta an edge with voters, propelling her in April to top vote getter in the race for three seats on the school board.

But opportunity of a different sort has presented itself. Seven months into her term, Metta has resigned to take a job offer in Saline, Mich., near Ann Arbor. Her last official day on the board is Monday. By that time, the remaining six board members are expected to have chosen a replacement for the remainder of the term, which runs through March 2005.

Metta, 40, has lived in Mundelein for 12 years and for much of that time has been self-employed as a human resources consultant. Recruited by a former client, Metta has been working three days a week part time at ProQuest Co., as director of organization, development and learning, commuting since June.

Team building and communication skills were Metta's mantras during her first-ever run for the school board during a time when an increasing number of low-income students had made diversity a key issue in the district.

Though the school board approved a plan before last April's election to balance the number of low-income students among the district's three elementary schools, Metta said tracking progress and communicating with residents would be priorities. …