McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Education Leslie Schermerhorn is not a happy camper at McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ refusal to put a contract to hire a fingerprinting vendor contract on the Board agenda even though the Public Health Committee recommended its approval without dissent.
This is the same obstacle that Yvonne Barnes, Chairman of the Internal Support and Facilities Committee made last year–the arbitrary use of power to thwart her committee’s desires.
County Board Approval Sought for Background Checks for School Employees
Hello Honorable County Board Members,
Those of you who serve on the Public Health and Human Services Committee know I went to the March 1, 2018.
I presented Resolution #6716.
It was to approve a contract for a fingerprinting/background check vendor.
The contract went out to bid, four (4) vendors responded, the Regional Office chose the most cost effective vendor.
The Public Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved Resolution #6716. The Resolution was scheduled to go to the Finance and Audit Committee on March 8, 2018.
The County Administrator [Peter Austin] left me a message after 4:30 p.m. on March 7, 2018 to inform me the Resolution had been pulled.
It was Spelling Bee night so I did not receive the message.
March 8 at 8:15, the County Administrator informed me the Resolution had been pulled at the Chairman’s request. [Emphasis added.]
The Administrator said he would get back to me later.
The Administrator came to the Regional Office the afternoon of March 8 to see exactly how much space the fingerprinting required.
I showed him the six foot table of which he took a photo.
Bottom line, the Administrator stated this was regarding the Chairman’s concerns about space.
Fingerprinting takes all of a six foot table.
Upon administration’s request, I produced the statutes which itemize the responsibilities of the Regional Offices.
I also provided the statute that requires Regional Offices to provide background checks for all persons in or around school grounds.
In response to the Chairman’s second request, I conducted a survey which determined all Regional Offices in the Northeast part of Illinois provide fingerprinting services for their districts.
Resolution #6716 is on neither the March 15, 2018 COW nor the March 19, 2018 County Board Meeting agendas.
I have received no explanation for the withholding of a resolution that has already passed through one committee.
I’m open to anyone’s interpretation of what this all means.
Is Resolution #6716 suddenly dead in the water without going through the committee process?
In these most treacherous times for our school students, shouldn’t McHenry County be taking strong measures to protect them?