Here are the notes of McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Schools employee Edgar Pereda, who is Director of Evergreen School, of a phone conversation with County Board Chairman Jack Franks:
Around 2 pm a representative from Mr. Franks office called and asked me to please call Mr. Franks. I called Mr Franks and he asked me if he could call me back because he was on a conference call.
JF: I’m investigating testimony made by the superintendent in front if the board.
(I was taught in my homeland security days that anytime someone leads with I’m investigating or I’m writing an article on… to always direct questing to a higher pay grade)
ME: I advised Mr. Frank’s that all questions should be directed to the regional office.
JF: (at this point in an aggressive tone) Are u telling me that you are refusing to answer my questions… do you know who I am? I’m the Chairman of the McHenry County Board … I’m your boss.. now are u gonna answer my question?
Me: Sir, it’s not that I’m refusing to answer..I’m directing you to the regional office.
JF: (in menacing aggressive voice) you are refusing to answer my fucking questions… I served with James Meeks and I have done budgets for him… u can haul your ass down here and have you testify in front of everyone…. Now..do u want to answer my questions?
Me: I apologized Mr. Franks but I’m gonna direct your questions to Mrs. Schermerhorn.
JF: I’m a goddamn tax payer and u are refusing to answer my questions…is this how you would respond to a taxpayer.
Me: Mr Franks, if it was an interested parent I would describe the program but since you started off this conversation with “this is an investigation” you are no longer an interested taxpayer.
JF: You better tell your lawyer and get him ready because your refusing to answer my questions. Who hired you…?
Me: Leslie did…. Actually Joe Williams hired me..
JF: Oh, I know Joe. Are you gonna answer my questions.. you are discriminating against me.
Me: Sir, I would love to help but…
JF: HUNG UP ON ME
THIS IS MY RECOLLECTION OF THE CONVERSATION. HIS TONE THROUGHOUT WAS MENACING AND INTIMIDATING. HE HAD MORE OBSCENITIES THROUGHOUT THE CONVERSATION. MRS. HERZOG WAS ALSO PRESENT IN THE ROOM AND WITNESSED THE HARRASSMENT.