Three major resolutions were voted on in lock-step fashion by the District 116 School Board
There’s hardly ever any doubt how the current Round Lake Area District 116 School Board will vote when it comes to spending taxpayer’s money. In typical lock-step fashion, Board members unanimously voted on three key resolutions totaling $41.5 million as follows:
a. Consideration and Action on a Resolution Providing for and Requiring the Submission of the Proposition of Issuing School Building Bonds to the Voters of the District at the General Election to be held on November 4, 2014.
b. Consideration and Action on a Resolution Declaring the Board’s Intent to Issue $2,500,000.00 Working Cash Fund Bonds to Increase the District’s
Working Cash Fund.
c. Consideration and Action on A Resolution Declaring the Board’s Intent to Issue $10,000,000.00 Funding Bonds to Pay Claims Against the District
Due to the very questionable use of school funds and school property to help solicit help in supporting the proposed $29 million building bond referendum on the November 4th ballot, the meeting started off with “training” on what school employees as well as Board members can and cannot do. This was prompted by approximately $700 in school funds being spent in time and material to solicit help by questionable survey’s, questionable fliers being posted on the school’s social media sites, and other possible infractions of the Ethics Law and Election Laws. The school’s hired legal counsel recommended that this training take place and that it should involve all staff members as well.
“If the Board wishes to move forward with placing a bond proposition on the ballot in the November election, we recommend providing specific training to Board members, administrators and all staff concerning the limitations on the use of compensated time and District resources in connection with the referendum and general training regarding the laws and policy related to both the Election Interference Act and the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Specifically, we recommend that the Board place an action item on a meeting agenda to order that such training be provided and to affirm the Board’s commitment to the principles set forth in Policy 2.105. District employees should be reminded that they are not to allow District resources or their compensated time to be used improperly in support of (or for that matter, in opposition to) the referendum. In addition, we recommend that the flyer remain off the District websites and social media and not be re-posted.”
Attorney Steven M. Richart from Hodges Loizzi —-Eisenhammer Rodick & Kohn LLP put on the presentation (which you can view in the following video). You can read more about these potential Ethics and Election law infractions, that were reported on, starting HERE
Once again you may notice that several Board members still have a fear of their microphone and will not get close to it. I’m not sure if there is a cure for that fear but there’s always hope. Knowing that this fear exists, the audio pickup was increased from a +2 to a +4 which means that you will now hear every cough and room noise intensified in the audio. It also has an effect on the quality of sound when someone actually speaks into their mic (booming). In the meantime, Mr Bill Johnston wins the prize again tonight for using his mic properly so that those of us in the back of the room could hear what he was saying.
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