Crystal Lake High School Board Members Set Relatives’ Salaries
Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, currently chaired by currently chaired by former State Sen. Susan Garrett (D-29), describes itself as a nonpartisan public interest group that addresses the role of money in politics and encourages integrity, accountability and transparency in government.
The organization states there’s a conflict because the teacher’s union bought campaign signs for board member candidates in last year’s school board election.
Similar to this situation is High School District 155…in fact, it is even worse.
ALL of the current District 155 School Board members, with the exception of Rosemary Kurtz, have received endorsements and campaign funding that included the purchase and installation of campaign signs.
In addition, Kurtz is the only board member who voted against the most recent Teachers Contract in which 4% raises over a 3-year period were given out.
Two of those board members, Adam Guss and Dave Secrest, voted for contracts providing raises. Both have spouses who are employees of District 155.
New labor contracts will be up for negotiation and renewal in 2019.
This time there will be three District 155 School Board members with spouses who are employees at District 155.
In addition, to Guss (who is now the D155 Board President) and Secrest, new board member Jason Blake’s wife also is an employee of D155.
These obvious financial ties will likely not bode well for District 155 tax payers who will be stuck with the next round of pay raises.