Seems as though the Internal and External Committees were joined at the hip
On Tuesday morning I posted a full length video showing the Round Lake Area School District 116 Meeting of the Whole. After the pledge of Allegiance was recited the first thing that Board President Nanci Radford read was an acknowledgement that there had been a recent internal investigation regarding use of school funds and school officials participation in a matter pertaining to the school building bond referendum due to inquiries from both a past board member as well as a member of the public. She stated that the Board would have a comment during the open meeting that followed their closed session. That response was not videotaped since their closed sessions can sometimes take over an hour and this one was expected to last a considerable amount of time due to its nature and extensive investigation. The short video clip below was Radford’s initial remarks. Although I do not have their response on video I do have their “Talking Points” regarding the internal investigation. We all know what “Talking Points” are. They are nothing more than a “guide” so that everyone involved is on the same page saying the same thing if asked. As many politicians have learned when they are caught red-handed doing something before an election or something in their past is brought to the surface, the best thing to do is get it out there, deny, apologize, blame it on a subordinate, go into rehab, etc. so that it becomes “old news” by the time voters go to the polls. That’s what they have done by turning their internal investigation over to the States Attorney voluntarily, using the “I wasn’t aware it was not allowed” excuse and hoping it will all just go away.
Inquiries into a pro-referendum flier that appeared on all of the school’s social media sites, distributed to the Chamber of Commerce for their members to receive, and distributed to our local WRLR-FM radio station for dissemination, wound up revealing extensive communication between the Internal and External Referendum Committees with none other than School Superintendent Dr. Constance Collins being the person that “all communications should run through”. (Georgeann Duberstein heads up the External Referendum Committee)
With information obtained through the Freedom Of Information Act, I will reveal how the two committees co-existed both on and off school grounds, spending approximately $700 in taxpayer funds (their own admission), and even went so far as to suggest that students in school make up signs in favor of the March referendum. It may be a two or three part series due to the amount of emails and other information received.
I might also mention that all the fliers that I questioned both Here and Here have been scraped off of their social media sites including one over the Fourth of July weekend (guess somebody was reading my blog instead of barbecuing) and also messages were sent out to the Chamber and to WRLR-FM telling them that “we were not supposed to send it out after all”
Link to PART TWO: Round Lake Area School District 116 “Damage Control” Part 2
Link to PART THREE: RLAS District 116 “Damage Control” Part 3 = The Players Involved
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