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Censured D46 Board Member Sue Facklam Gets Another Earful

Board member Kip Evans says Facklam's alleged ethics violations don't represent him.

Grayslake District 46 board member Kip Evans finally had his say Wednesday about the censuring of fellow board member Sue Facklam.

Evans was not at the Nov. 1 meeting when the action occurred. He said he had a long-standing prior commitment, but was eager to give his opinion on the matter on Nov. 15.

Facklam was censured by the board of education following an investigation by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office into complaints she had violated the state’s election code by allegedly giving high school students free gift cards for registering to vote in her favor in the April school board elections.

The investigation into Facklam’s alleged election and ethics violations began in April by an attorney working on behalf of Lake County Tea Party Chairman Lennie Jarratt.

On the night she was censured, Nov. 1, board members Shannon Smigielski and Michael Carbone tried unsuccessfully to table the matter until Evans was present.

On Wednesday, Evans took an opportunity to address the board and Facklam.

“Sue, I’m disappointed in you," he said. "The smile on your face says it all—you got away with one.”

In August, Facklam received a letter from the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office stating her conduct constituted a Class 4 felony, but that she would not be prosecuted because the investigation did not uncover a broad pattern of illegal payments.

The fact that this letter was not brought to the board’s attention until days before the censure was a sore spot for Evans, who suggested it was “hushed up by somebody.”

Though Evans did not say he wanted Facklam to step down from the school board, he did make another plea, which went unanswered.

“I ask you to ask her to step down from SEDOL (Special Education District of Lake County). She represents us and she does not represent me any longer.”

Facklam currently serves as the D46 representative on SEDOL’s executive board.

Levy

In other district news, business manager Anna Kasprzyk said the proposed 2011 tax levy of $31.9 million was reviewed by the finance committee and recommended. The levy represents an increase of $1.4 million or 4.64 percent over 2010. Kasprzyk said this was necessary to capture property taxes from new construction in the district.

Kasprzyk suggested the district ask the county for the entire levy, but review in March review whether to accept the total funds allotted or abate them, which would save taxpayers some money. Giving the taxpayers a break with an abatement was an idea board member Michael Carbone had previously suggested.

D46 Superintendent Ellen Correll noted that she had just heard from the mouths of legislators at a luncheon earlier in the day that the state may not provide school districts any funding next year for bus transportation. The district’s transportation budget is about $2.5 million.

“That’s pretty scary,” said Correll. “Hopefully this is just political to get people scared, and we are scared.”

A public hearing on the proposed 2011 tax levy will be held next month.

Sully November 17, 2011 at 01:35 PM
Come on Sue. Step down.
Blaze November 17, 2011 at 04:03 PM
I attended the board meeting last night and for the first time in a long time the meeting was about the students, teachers and the future. Yes, Mr. Evans said what he had to say but it was not in a bombastic tirade like so many others in the past. It was refreshing to get back to business. There were a lot of positive comments about the schools, teachers, and students, especially opening with a music number for the future play. What a difference in a meeting when a couple people are missing.
D46 Resident November 17, 2011 at 04:56 PM
She will not step down. She is proud of herself for getting away with a felony. What a disgrace she, and her supporters on the board are.
Brad Faxton November 17, 2011 at 06:38 PM
*sigh*
Nightcrawler November 17, 2011 at 07:24 PM
Thanks, Blaze.
Sully November 17, 2011 at 07:36 PM
That's good to hear, Blaze. Hopefully there will be more of that in the future.
Obamatheclueless November 17, 2011 at 09:52 PM
If Ellen had a clue and was actually paying attention to what IS going on already, she would know that a number of Lake and Cook County school districts HAVE ALREADY had bus funding withheld. How can a superintendent not be aware this has already gone on elsewhere? It's not political threats, it's governor Quinn and the Democrats in Springfield stealing your tax dollars from our KIDS now too! Perhaps Ellen could donate some of her outrageous salary toward the bus fund for the kids.
D46 Resident November 17, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Fat chance on that. She is far more likely to require another 14 percent raise.
Sully November 17, 2011 at 11:53 PM
How can they be stealing your tax dollars when the funds are being cut? That means less money, not more. And the party demanding the cuts? That would be, wait, don't tell me...
Lookaroundyou November 20, 2011 at 10:35 PM
Until Mr. Carbone steps down for his involvement in the mess that he was censured for, then Sue should stay on the board. She was censured. He was censured. What is the difference in what they did? He is still sitting on the board and making decisions. Why are there double standards? He still has a full voice correct?
Sully November 20, 2011 at 11:21 PM
There's nothing I'd love to see more than Carbone stepping down. He's as divisive as they come and cares not one bit about the students in this district (or any other district most likely). Unfortunately, he didn't have Lennie endlessly pursuing him (naturally- they're allies) and no one else was really interested enough to pursue him either. What he did was reprehensible (I say 'what he did' rather than 'allegedly did' because I firmly believe in his guilt), but since it was never proven, or pushed after the censure, there's not a compelling reason for him to step down. Sue's misdeed is pretty clear.
Lookaroundyou November 21, 2011 at 12:47 AM
A crime is a crime. Both were censured for what they did. Both should go. Not one. Both. If Carbone stays, then Sue should stay. It doesn't matter if it was pushed or not. So, how about asking them BOTH to go then. Makes no sense whatsoever. The article should be addressing BOTH censured board members. Same boat. Same river.
Lookaroundyou November 21, 2011 at 02:57 AM
And resident, you forget about the other censured board member. How easy it was to forget that one. How about everyone looking at the BIG picture. This is not just about her. How about at the next board meeting both are requested to remove themselves. How about that?
D46 Resident November 26, 2011 at 12:06 AM
When Carbone receives a letter from the states attorney stating that he is guilty of a felony, I will agree. Until then, only Facklam has that "distinction".

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