Adam Guss’ Broken Word and Conflict of Interest

At the District 155 high school board candidates’ night six years ago, I talked to now-board president Adam Guss.

His wife teaches art at Cary-Grove High School.

I told him I knew it was legal for board members to vote on their spouses salaries, but I considered that a conflict of interest.

Guss told me he would not be involved in salary negotiations.

Nevertheless, he was involved and voted for the new contract this spring.


Adam Guss’ Broken Word and Conflict of Interest — 7 Comments

  1. The board is claiming they did not raise taxes for the last 3 years by keeping their rate the same.

    Same rate resulting in increased levy = raised taxes to homeowners.

  2. One can submit a FOIA request for members of the negotiating teams for that contract.

    There are two negotiating teams.

    1. Board / Administration team.

    2. Teacher union team.


    Another unacceptable aspect about the newly negotiated teacher contract follows, as previously pointed out by Scott Coffey in a comment on the blog.

    January 24, 2019 – The board voted to approve the July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022 teacher contract.

    April 2, 2019 – School board member election. 3 of the 7 seats are on the ballot. Each seat has a 4 year term, expiring in 2023.

    June 30, 2019 – Expiration date of the teacher contract that was in place at the time of the January 24, 2019 board vote.

    In other words, the school board voted January 24th, prior to the April 2nd school board election, to succeed a teacher contract that expires June 30th.

    Thus any newly elected board members have no impact on a contract that takes effect after they take office.

    The will of the people in the April 2nd election has been thwarted for 3 years, until 2022, in negotiating the single most important contract in a school district.

    Led by School Board President Adam Guss, who voted yes on the contract, whose wife is a teacher in the district.

    That vote increased his family income.

    He believes it is perfectly ok to vote on a contract that increases his family income, courtesy of taxpayers he has taken an oath of office to represent.

  3. Well explained by Mark.

    The good news is that if the 3 incumbent board members are replaced with 3 new members it’s the best bet against that not happening again with the 2022 contract.

    Being that the biggest predictor of future behavior is past behavior.

    Yes, we’re stuck with the contract for 3 years but 6 more years would be far worse.

    Teachers deserve to be treated fairly, but this contract was not done ethically.

  4. Vote the bottom 3 on the ballot for reform!

    Meghan Tillson
    Jacob Justen
    Scott Coffey

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