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District 46 Served With Summons

Court complaint filed by Lennie Jarratt seeks an injunction to force D46 to comply with FOIA requests.

A quest for information and accountability regarding ethics violations allegedly committed during the spring 2011 elections in Grayslake School District 46 continues.

Taxpayer watchdog Lennie Jarratt, who also serves as chairman of the Lake County Tea Party, filed a formal complaint with the Lake County Circuit Court seeking an injunction to force the school district to comply with the Freedom of Information Act and release certain requested public documents and e-mails.

A summons was served Saturday to school board president Ray Millington at district offices.

In a statement to Patch.com, District 46 Superintendent Ellen Correll said, “Due to the fact that this is litigation, I have no comment.”

In the complaint, plaintiff Jarratt alleges the district refused to produce certain records regarding various e-mail correspondence made via a written FOIA request on April 8.

Jarratt said he launched his investigation to due concerns that district employees and board members were using school resources to campaign during the spring 2011 elections. Alleging ethics violations, Jarratt used the Freedom of Information Act to acquire copies of such correspondence.

In response, the district tried to have certain documents deemed exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, citing their release would be an invasion of privacy if those e-mails inadvertently included unessential names of students, parents, personnel and community members. The district also wanted to make exempt documents that included internal discussions and opinions related to district actions and policies.

In June, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office notified District 46 attorney Kevin Gordon that while some requested e-mails could be withheld (e-mails that contained internal discussions and opinions), the balance could not be.

While Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 (where former District 46 board president Mary Garcia worked as a teacher) complied by releasing 87 pages of e-mail documents between their district and District 46, Jarratt said District 46 only released eight pages of e-mails. This discrepancy must be rectified, he said.

According to Jarratt’s complaint, District 46 willfully and intentionally withheld requested documents and ignored the determination of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. The public, states the complaint, was denied access to at least 79 pages of documents, if not hundreds.

“It’s obvious there is something they are trying to cover up here or they would have released them months ago,” Jarratt said.

“The district should comply with the laws of Illinois. The citizens of D46 deserve ethical board members and administrators. The district is charged with protecting and educating the children when they are in school, therefore they need to be people of integrity and honor, i.e. people the parents can trust. Corruption should not be tolerated, especially in our local schools.”

The district has 30 days from Oct. 1 to respond to the complaint.

Sully October 11, 2011 at 10:17 AM
Okay, but I suggest you do the same. http://www.servintfree.net/~aidmn-ejournal/publications/2001-11/PublicEducationInTheUnitedStates.html http://www.arc.org/content/view/100/53/ http://www.pbs.org/kcet/publicschool/about_the_series/program.html http://backstoryradio.org/school-days-transcript/ http://www.pbs.org/now/society/edhistory.html
Softball Jim October 11, 2011 at 01:56 PM
Sully, I do believe that education is a right for those who are here legally. Not those that are here illegally. There was an amnisesty (sp) give to illegal imigrants back in the mid 1980's From that point on those here in the USA should have had no right to get away with what they are doing. Those children that are here already, I agree we do not want them to become a burdon to society as an adult. However, they are already a burdon to schools, healthcare, and government services. Again, come here legally and all is good. Come here Illegally and I have a problem with you. Does the path to citizenship need to become easier? Maybe. I am not for excluding anyone comming her legally. But, those that come her illegally, should not have access to the same things that US citizens and those here legally do.
Sully October 11, 2011 at 03:59 PM
We'll have to agree to disagree on this one. Unfortunately the world's economic systems do not allow an easy solution.
Michael April 20, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Lennie 'The Tugboat" Jarratt simply has a grudge with the world at large. Anyone who would deface a school this way- then try to run for politics in IL- is clearly morally flawed. All this, even after his stint at Veggie Tales...
Sarah H. April 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM
FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY (or unholy, if you prefer), LET IT GO, Michael. This article is from October. Get a life. Move on. Get some therapy. Whatever. Just stop commenting on this article.

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