UPDATED: D46 Board Member Sue Facklam to Retain SEDOL Appointment

The school board voted 4 to 3 at its Feb. 1 meeting to allow Facklam to stay on as the district's representative on the Special Education District of Lake County's governing board.

member Sue Facklam will retain her appointed position as the district’s representative on the Special Education District of Lake County’s governing board.

A vote on Facklam’s SEDOL position was taken at the Feb. 1 D46 meeting at the request of board member Kip Evans, who feels she does not represent him.

Evans had asked the board to remove Facklam from any appointments and committees in which she represents D46.

The request stemmed from the fact that Facklam was censured by the board last November after a Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office investigation concluded she had violated the state’s election code by giving high school students free gift cards in exchange for registering to vote for her in the April 2011 school board elections.

Though Facklam’s actions constituted a Class 4 felony, the state’s attorney’s office declined to prosecute.

While the school board did not have the authority to remove Facklam as board secretary or prevent her from serving as an elected, at-large member of an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) committee, it did take a vote on her appointed SEDOL position.

“We need new blood,” said Evans. “I recommend Sue step down or we take a vote.”

When Evans questioned whether Facklam was elected to represent D46 on the SEDOL governing board, she responded that she had been appointed several years ago.

“We have a problem here,” said Evans. “I would like the (board) president or vice president to take over (the position). I feel like this board needs to take some action.”

In support of Facklam, board president Ray Millington said, “I think Sue has done a commendable job on the SEDOL board. I don’t see any reason why she shouldn’t continue in that role.”

Facklam said it was tradition for the board president to make all committee appointments, though board member Shannon Smigielski said she felt such decisions should be made by vote.

Ultimately, the board voted 4 to 3 to allow Facklam to retain her SEDOL appointment.

Board members Ray Millington, Keith Surroz and Karen Weinert, who attended an earlier closed session meeting and then had to leave for a work commitment, all voted in favor of Facklam keeping her position. Weinert voted via phone. Facklam also voted in her own favor.

Evans, Smigielski and Michael Carbone cast the dissenting votes.

Millington agreed, though, that the board needs to review its policy on whether such positions should be elected or appointed.


CORRECTION: To correct the original article, Karen Weinert attended the earlier closed session of the meeting, and then had to leave the meeting due to a work commitment. She later cast her vote in Facklam's favor via phone conferencing. Patch regrets the error.

Sully February 04, 2012 at 09:57 PM
No HM, you struck no nerve. As I said before, I'm very familiar with D46 schools, including the middle school. So your point is? What respons would indicate I spend no time in these schools?
Sully February 04, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Sorry, 'response' (left off the "e" above).
Terri February 05, 2012 at 05:57 PM
There are classrooms that regularly exceed 90 degrees in the summer and fall. These conditions exist from the August opening, often into October. In the summer, there are summer school activities, too. During the regular school year, temps in excess of 90 degrees exist as early as April and through closing. This is all compounded by the fact that many of the windows do not open, and teachers are REQUIRED to keep their doors closed...no exceptions. Private schools, licensed by the DCFS, are not allowed to have temps exceed 78 degrees.
HM February 06, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Sully - you never answered the question - being familiar with district 46 is not the same as spending time there. I am "familiar" with the many things that I read about. I am familiar with what goes on in Springfield, for example, becasue I read about it, and make a point to educate myself on what my elected officials do. However, I don't spend much time there, and therefore can not speak to the day to day operations. I see you all over the patch, and you make yourself "familiar" with many school districts in the area - and seem to have opinions about many. (and not just schools). But how much time do you actually spend at Grayslake Middle School? At any District 46 school? I never said you were not familiar with D46 - just wondered how much time you actually spend in the classrooms? How many conversations have you had with Ellen Correll? With D46 board members? With D46 staff members? Just curious. See, I don't doubt your familiarity with D46 - I get that you read the paper. Just want to be clear on your level of actual involvement. You claim to know so much about D46, and you have very strong opinions about a district that is not only NOT your home district, but also one in which you do not pay a dime in taxes to support. So, I wonder how much time you actually spend here, interacting with the teachers, students, and administration. Why all the interest in a district in Grayslake?
Sully February 06, 2012 at 12:05 PM
HM, all I can say is, you are really thick. Shall I describe the inside of each school for you? let's see, the middle school is composed of two wings, or long hallways. The 8th grade is in one wing, the 7th in the other. The 8th grade faces the field in the back, while the 7th faces the parking lot. But let's not forget the perpendicular hall in the back that composes both 7th and 8th grade rooms. Then there's the other end of the school which houses the gym (the big one, not the little one across from the main offices) and the multi-purpose room/cafeteria. Would you like to know about Park next? Maybe Frederick?
Sully February 06, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Oh, if you'd like to know about school personnel, I'd be happy to answer questions regarding them as well, as long as confidentiality is not breached.
HM February 06, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Thick? Really? All I asked was a simple question about whether or not you spent much time at GMS, that required a yes or a no. Also asked why you are so interested in D46, with no answer. As I said before, somehow I struck a nerve by questioning your affiliation with D46, as can be seen by your defensiveness. I just wonder why you have such strong opinions about a district that is not near you. While neighboring districts interest me a little, I personally can not speak to what I think they should or should not do, since I am not part of that community - I don't pay their taxes, nor do my kids attend those schools. You say a lot about our district, and it makes me wonder why. By the way, I have not called you one name, or said anything disrespectful to you.
Nightcrawler February 06, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Hey Sully - No offense, but the tease is a little much. Why don't you just answer HM's questions? Like, I live in Grayslake, or I used to live in Grayslake, or I have 2 kids in college who went to Woodview, Frederick, Middle School, etc.
Brad Faxton February 06, 2012 at 01:50 PM
*whew!* What a thread. I go away for a week and this happens. Just mu unwanted $0.02 HM. Yes, you are thick. Now go grab yourself a Zima and chill out.
HM February 06, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Oh Brad! So predictable and condescending. I am far from thick! Just curious as to why someone who does not live in (or even near) a particular school district has such strong emotions, and opinions about what the district should or should not do. Seems very politically motivated to me. I don't necessarily disagree with all Sully says. I just find it a little strange that Sully spends so much time commenting on a distrtict that is not his/her home district. I mean, do you concern yourself with the intimate and day-to-day operations of, say, U46, which is always in turmoil? I read about it, and am not happy with all I read, but I really can't comment on it because I don't live there to experience it fully, and I dont have a political (or any other kind of) agenda there. Why would Sully be so interested in what goes on here? Why would Sully have an opinion about Sue Facklam, or the business manager? Just curious about the motives. And really - Zima? Who drinks that? Especially at 8 in the morning!
Brad Faxton February 06, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Zima helps you get your buzz on at 8am! Sure is the only way to start the day (aside from a handful of yellow and blue pills). Right? Oh, it's not the speed really so much, I just wish I hadn't drunk all that cough syrup this morning.
HM February 06, 2012 at 02:23 PM
hahah...well that explains a lot! :)
Brad Faxton February 06, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Heh - gotta keep it light.
Sully February 06, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Simple Crawler-- it's none of her or his business.
Sully February 06, 2012 at 07:03 PM
As I said to Crawler, it's none of your business. But yes, I do spend time in District 46. Was that not clear?
Blaze February 12, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Actually, the small gym is straight across from the main office at GMS. Just thought I would add that since people on here love to correct others.
D46 Resident February 13, 2012 at 12:31 AM
What is deeply disturbing is if, in fact, Sully does not live in Lake County, why is he so concerned with D46, and why has he been in the schools? Unless like Nightcrawler said, he used to live here, etc, it just sounds very very creepy. Then again, a guy who spends his life on various Patch message boards....well nuff said.
Terri February 13, 2012 at 03:35 PM
D46: Mr Jaratt, who has not paid property taxes by virtue of foreclosure and does not have children in the schools is equally as creepy. And he not only prowled multiple message boards, but is now running for public office.
Nightcrawler February 13, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Stop, you're both right. What's disturbing to me is that Sully is starting to sound and post a lot like Lennie did in his pre-campaign heyday. Self-righteous, overly defensive, and teasingly evasive. Here's hoping he takes a vacation and comes back more like the old Sully.
Sully February 13, 2012 at 05:30 PM
You're right Crawler- time for a break. However, my affiliation with the district is still no one else's business.
Blaze February 13, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I really don't mean to be rude Mr. Sully, but, any time spent in the schools around our children should be explained with a reason. While it sounds like you are affiliated in some capacity to "help" the district, saying it is not the parents business is not right. You don't obviously owe anyone anything but you are just making it easier for people to keep questioning.
Nightcrawler February 13, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Email me sometime, Sully. It'd be nice to have an exchange outside the goofy confines of Patch boards.
HM February 13, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Sully,I've been out of town, but do want to reply. You seem to have as much of an agenda as Lenny when it comes to D46, thou on opposite extremes. While I disagree with much of what Mr. Jarrett says, I do respect the fact that he is up front about his opinions, and owns up to whatever fallout arises because of them. He is not hiding who he is, nor what his motives are. You, on the other hand, have a very definite agenda, but hide your motives and reasons for involvement in our schools. You are correct that you do not have to give any explanation. However, you are talking about involvment with my children, and it makes me uncomfortable to have anyone who does not live here and who can not give an adequate reason for such interest to push their agenda on me and my kids. And as I read your posts all over the patch, I see a definite pattern. I absolutely despise Americans for Prosperity and Joe Calomino meddling in our district, and I am beginning to feel you are no different. You are peddling your brand of politics to a district that is not in your neighborhood. You don't pay taxes to D46, you don't have kids in D46 - what is it that you gain from your propoganda? I know you won't tell us - but your actions do beg that question.
Nightcrawler February 13, 2012 at 08:58 PM
What's Americans for Prosperity up to in our district?
HM February 13, 2012 at 09:48 PM
As of late, nothing I am aware of. However, he has spoken at some BOE meetings in the past, and I just don't like any outside group meddling in things when they don't have a horse in the race, if you know what I mean. You can find him in the BOE minutes. When I see such groups on either end of the spectrum interfering in the workings of the BOE, my radar goes up. Same with Sully - wolf in sheep's clothing, as far as I can see. As hard as it can be, I think we have to keep such fringe political influences out of the schools, and let the schools teach our kids. There are so many ridiculous rules and restrictions in our school as it is.
Sully February 14, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Crawler, what's your email?
Nightcrawler February 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM
You know, the last time I posted it, somebody hacked the account. But I think it was just a coincidence. Anyway, it's nightcrawler54@yahoo.com. And you TPers out there, don't send me any spam.
WorriedParent February 14, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Next time you do that don't type it as a real email address (that is how spam finds it.) Type it like nightcrawler 54 at yahoo dot com, and tell the person no spaces. Just FYI
Nightcrawler February 14, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Hey, thanks, WP! Genius here should've figured that out for himself. Time to crawl back into the ground and wait for the spam storm.
KMC February 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Sorry Crawler. I thought about how you could post it without getting hacked, but figured you had a plan! Good luck with the spammers! You'll hear from me soon.


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