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Grayslake District 46 School Board Member Censured

Action-packed D46 school board meeting filled with anarchy.

Wednesday night’s school board meeting had just begun when the first bombshell was dropped.

“I would like to know why the district’s business manager David Tylavsky told me last week in private on school grounds that he had been fired and we were just told by Superintendent Correll that he was not here tonight  because he had chest pains,” said board candidate Kip Evans during the public comment portion.

Audible gasps from the audience turned into shock and anger. Board president Mary Garcia then announced that the board was immediately going into closed session with the district’s attorney, Kevin Gordon, to discuss personnel matters.

Fifteen minutes later the board returned, but did not provide any further insight as to Tylavsky's whereabouts.

Changes in the public comments policy were next up.

Garcia told attendees they could not present comments to the board that were not related to the meeting agenda, although there would be time allotted at the end of the meeting for those items. 

“How long has that rule been in place?  You had better make sure you are in compliance with the Open Meetings Act,” said Round Lake board trustee Sue Triphahn. Garcia responded that the ruling was established two weeks ago to ensure that meeting time was managed efficiently.

Bombshell number two was dropped as board member Michael Carbone was publicly censured by the board for his activities on February 22, 2011.

”Board member Carbone requested from district administration the number of teachers who were not at school on that day (Feb. 22)," Garcia said. "He was told that he would not be provided with that information until it had been reviewed by Superintendent Correll. Carbone said that he had been told that a large group of teachers were attending the Union rally in Madison and that he wanted to determine if that was true.”

“A cell phone call was then placed to our SubFinder administrator asking for Mr. Carbone’s password because he had misplaced it. School board members do not have access to confidential staff information, so the provider notified the district of the call. The phone was traced to a Marchell Norris,” said Garcia. 

Norris, a District 46 school board candidate, refuted the claim.

“I don’t even have a cell phone in my name. I use the pay-by-the-minute ones,” said Norris.

“I consider it a high honor to be a watchdog for the parents and children of this district. I will continue to fight for transparency in the district for the next two years,” said Carbone.  About half the audience quickly gave him a standing ovation and round of applause.

Despite all of the controversial items, one parent in attendance said she was still in support of the district.

“As a parent and teaching assistant in the district, I’m surprised by the amount of criticism of the board. I am very pleased with the programs and quality of education my children are receiving. I expect to pay for that with my taxes,” said meeting attendee Nadia Shams.

Stay tuned to Patch for more updates on the D46 meeting and other school issues.

css March 23, 2011 at 09:33 AM
Andrea- I do not condone all the actions of the school board or its president, however, I saw the meeting. Carbone is not a victim here. He has brought this on himself. I don't believe for a minute he actually cares about the tax payers or the children of Grayslake. His "fiscal responsibility", and the "fiscal responsibility" of others who think educators make too much money and are to blame for the economic condition this country is in right now are truly either corporate cronies or misinformed to the point of delusion. For those of you who are Tea Party supporters, or 912 Patriots, I suggest you do some research into the Koch brothers and the politicians who began this "grass roots" effort If you care to see what's right in front of your face, you'll see that the people are the last thing they care about. Educators are not the enemy.
Carl March 23, 2011 at 11:56 AM
The district superintendent's daughter is also a teacher in the district (I hear she's great, but I sure feel sorry for her colleagues). Just because there is a relationship doesn't mean aren't the best person for the job; however, this is a classic example of why tenure was put in place. Back in the day, the board, mayor, superintendent, etc. would fire the long standing school-marm so they could put their family member in place. Can you imagine the shenanigans if they didn't have tenure protection today? As for the board, as long as the anti-teacher sentiment expressed on this board exists in the community, a pro-teacher/education mix is crucial. And no matter who the choice, the rabble-rousers will cry "conflict".
Andrea Johnson March 23, 2011 at 01:14 PM
Seriously Carl, who cares? All you've come on this site and done the past few days is insult people, maked a subtle threat about someone's kid, and then had the nerve to insult one of the most repsetced people in the community. Who cares what you think? You sit here and call others rabble-rousers when you and CSS (who by the way apparently have nothing better to do at 4 and 6:30 in the morning) come on here and make insults to everyone who posts thier OPINIONS, while also talking about drinking after a story about public schools. That's a true lack of class if I've ever seen it.
Jerry Pech March 23, 2011 at 01:29 PM
Carl...two of my kids had Ms. Correll's daughter as a teacher....and I was very pleased. As far as shenanigans go...you'll always have them.
css March 23, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Wow, i've insulted you by stating MY opinions. So it's okay to give an opinion if YOU agree with it? Okay then... And I enjoy being awake in the early morning. Sorry if that offends you too, however, I fail to see how that's any of your concern.
Carl March 23, 2011 at 03:04 PM
I've made no threats...especially to innocent children! I quoted a threat made to teachers by the award winning journalist and suggested that probably wasn't the smartest thing to do, but that's my opinion. What respected person did I insult? The award winning journalist that either removed, or had removed, all of his ranting posts; threats inclusive? I apologized to you for our misunderstanding...publicly.
Carl March 23, 2011 at 03:08 PM
Like I said...I heard she was great...and wouldn't it have been a pity if your kids didn't get that opportunity because someone cried nepotism? My point about her colleagues was only that it would be tough to be on a team with the bosses daughter, but hey...that's me...just sayin'...
Rich March 23, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Homerhere again. Sorry Carl. It was I, Homer, that went to have an adult beverage after I wrote a post. Now if I wrote the post after the adult beverage, then that may of been a problem. And no, you did not threaten the award winng journalist. This is how the Tea Party operates. Backward logic. Now since it is the middle of the day, Homer needs lunch, and I will have a soft drink with it. Homer does not like tea!
Kristy Anderson March 23, 2011 at 09:28 PM
Can I just say I LOVE Homer!
cynthia March 23, 2011 at 10:43 PM
Thank you Andrea and Tim and Marilyn. As we can all see here these are Teachers plain and simple. I have had the exact same thing happen on other Boards. What I have found is that most of them are actually all the same person. Someone selected by the School Board or the Administrators to go out and spread rummors. Most parents feel threatned by school staff if they complain about issues related to their childs education. I stand by what I said in some of my original posts. Just go to Illinois Report cart adn search by school district and you will see the results. If anyone thinks a few points of improvement mean something..They don't. Illinois is already so far down on school performance that a few points are nothing. Teachers are public employees responsible to the Tax payer. And yes, their paid time off IS MY BUSINESS..You don't like it..TOO BAD>> We have a 25% growth in Home schooling because we can get a better on line free Education than many public schools offer. All for free. You can stream this to your T.V. all for free. The day of reconing is comming when the Tax payer says...No MORE....Go to Parental Rights.org and link into The CHILD Documentry..Or Google "SChool Choice" Parent Trigger law. And so many many movements to redefine Public Education. Why?/ all this time effort and money being spent on all this change?/ According to all of you it dosn't need fixing....I guess it wouldn't if we only planned on having our future generations go into the military.
css March 24, 2011 at 12:14 AM
Perhaps you were home schooled. Maybe that would explain your written language difficulties. I am not a teacher. I have neither the skill nor the patience required. I also prefer to be appropriately compensated for the work I do. I must say, I really LOVE the way you capitalize "teacher" ... really expresses the hatred you feel for your fellow human beings. Hey, you want free education? More power to you. Let me ask you a question- just out of curiosity- how old is the Earth? Five, six thousand years old? Is that the type of wonderful education you would provide? Global warming? Can't possibly be real, right? 4 + 4 equals ... what? Your turn! Oh by the way, I suppose teachers are supposed to fix all the sociological problems of each and every one of their students. The economic background they're coming from too. Demographics aren't important. And those ELL students who are still basically leaning English? No problem! Special Ed. kids? A snap! Gosh, what an easy, cushy job these teachers have. Maybe I could be one!
Andrea Johnson March 24, 2011 at 12:40 AM
CSS: You said "And those ELL students who are still basically leaning English?" 1. What a racist statement! About KIDS nonetheless. WOW. 2. Maybe teachers wouldn't have to worry about their students understanding English if the Obama Administration would actually take a stance against illegal immigration which is overcrowding our schools and burdening our tax system in our schools beyond belief in some placed. 3. You said: "I suppose teachers are supposed to fix all the sociological problems of each and every one of their students. The economic background they're coming from too." Another hateful statement against people with less money or opportunity than you. Man I hope you aren't a teacher CSS, despite your claims otherwise. You sit and repeatedly complain about how difficult being a teacher is. Here's an idea, if people don't like it, DON'T BE A TEACHER!! No one if FORCING YOU TO. 4. Teachers should know that their job is challenging, and part of the joy of that is the challenge and how you can positively impact the lives of kids no matter how difficult. I know young kids that are in other school districts in the northern suburbs and the curriculum taught by this district is in some cases, HERE, is two years BEHIND THEM. 5. CSS, thanks for being the "Grammar King." Nothing reeks of arrogance more than pointing out the minor typological deficincies of others while also making racist statements of your own. Real mature.
css March 24, 2011 at 01:05 AM
I'm sorry, but I fail to see how stating that ELL kids are still learning English is racist. Could you please explain? Last I heard, ELL stands for English Language Learner. It used to be ESL, which stood for English Second Language. So I'm really not sure how my statement is racist. regardless, when students who are not as proficient in English are taught in English and tested in English, I'd say that would put a damper on those ISAT scores. And if you don't believe poverty plays a role in school performance, you are hugely mistaken. Again, I fail to see how my comment was offensive. But I find offensive your remark that ELL kids must be illegal aliens. I also am not surprised that you would mention Obama despite the fact that Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, etc. did pretty much nothing before him. But hey, it's easy to blame, isn't it? One more thing- yes, i believe teachers go into the profession happy to take on the challenge of teaching. Who would think that the politicians and the community's own residents would make the challenge so unappealing.
Carl March 24, 2011 at 01:31 AM
It seems many posting here need to repeat their high school government classes. To think that a teacher is accountable to the taxpayer is certainly not democracy. Teachers are accountable to their principals who in turn are accountable to the superintendent who is accountable to the board. Now...the taxpayer has their say, but with their vote; and only with their vote. Works the same way in business. You own a couple hundred shares of Ford, you can give your proxy to someone you feel shares your point of view on the board, but you certainly don't get to have your say in the engineering. You don't like their cars? Sell your stock and buy a Honda. You don't like the way the district is run? Move for crying out loud! That, or vote to get the board you want. But if your candidate should lose, that means your community doesn't share your values...you're either in the wrong place or have the wrong point of view for the place you're in.
css March 24, 2011 at 02:08 AM
Then again, Carl, a candidate could win because the majority of voters were just too apathetic to vote. Hence, the results of the 2010 elections. It's a little late for those in Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, and New Jersey to be crying buyer's remorse.
css March 24, 2011 at 02:14 AM
Oh, and Michigan too. Dreadfully bad governor in that state now.
Grayslake Business owner March 24, 2011 at 02:27 AM
Folks, the person named Cynthia is a troll on this board and others. It is best to ignore this person. Cynthia is a disgruntled tea party member who demands attention to herself on this board. In the Grayslake restaurant this morning, people were discussing the tea party "founder" here and that neither he nor his wife have kept a job in years. That they live off the government. That they are angry tax payers that try to lynch anyone and everyone they can. Is is true they homeschool their children? And are angry that they have to pay taxes and this is what it is all about? Is it true that they are getting handouts in any way they can? After last week's board meeting, I have been listening to what people in the community are saying. And the behavior and history of the tea party members is very serious. We need to open our eyes to what they are doing in our community. I have tried to keep an open mind, however, their behavior is embarrassing and damaging to our community.
Carl March 24, 2011 at 03:30 AM
If you don't vote, unfortunately, you don't count...or get counted.
Terri March 24, 2011 at 03:49 AM
last one http://roundlakebeach.il.public-record.com/#12
Marcia Watts Sagendorph (Editor) March 24, 2011 at 04:23 AM
Andrea, I deleted your last comment because I have said repeatedly that I do not want this to be a place where people call each other names or insult one another. While others have strongly disagreed with each other, you are now blatantly insulting people. That is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Please refrain from doing so in the future. Thank you. .
css March 24, 2011 at 09:39 AM
Marcia- while I appreciate your position of having to determine what is appropriate for public viewing, and thank you for your sensibility, comments such as Andrea's should be seen. Her point of view is shared by many, and by allowing her to show the residents of Grayslake what these folks are really about, it gives those others a reason to do something about it (like vote). It is just my opinion, but SHE is the radical and does not represent the will of the people. But if the people don't have a cause, they will not speak their voices to fight against those who do. The Tea Party and other ultra conservatives have their cause and do something about it. It's time people see what their cause really is.
Andrea Johnson March 24, 2011 at 10:29 AM
Insults or not, what I said was the truth before it was deleted. Anyone who doesn't agree with these people's ultra liberal agendas are called names or worse. I'm not a Tea Party member, as you have accused me of being, but I can now see why people in that party are fed up. Because they have to continue to deal with slanderous comments that are bold-faced lies like the ones you have repeatedly spouted off about above. Perhaps the Tea Party continues to be conservative because they actually preach fiscal responsibility, something the liberals on this board and on that school board seem to care little about. And Marcia, I guess it's okay for them to call people "radical," a "troll" or make racially charged statements like they did above? Don't worry, on election day you'll all see what people really think, and from polls I've read it's bad news for Garcia, the liberals and the rest of her nepotism-based cronies. I've never been a Tea Party member but the way you come on here and repeatedly attack their or anyone's thoughts and ideas like you are the thought police speaks more about you and your ideals than it does theirs. If people don't agree with people like CSS they are called names or worse. And I and others are fed up with it. If you can't take it, don't dish it out. It's funny, you can always spot a liberal when they can't take the same heat they are dishing out.
Andrea Johnson March 24, 2011 at 10:33 AM
Grayslake Business Onwer accused the tea Party of living off the government. That's the funniest lie I've heard in ages. Last I checked it was the socialist liberals that seemed to have a knack for doing that and the Tea Party that was preaching fiscal responsibility. I love how people, especially those with a liberal agenda just make things up here. No wonder Walsh won the election for congress....people are tired of the Democratic party's dangerous lies and hateful words. These liberals become more and more radical and hateful by the day.
Brad Faxton March 24, 2011 at 11:11 AM
Here is the other cool thing about the Internet. It was a way of tracking the source and destination of everything. For example, I'm on my iPhone posting to, oh I don't know, a website. I login to the website as "billy-bob" then post. Being a crafty person, I wander over to my desktop machine, go to the same website and login as "mary-sue" then reply to "billy-bob". Guess what, the source is exactly the same. There aren't any duplicate sources (in this very rudimentary example). Pretty awesome, eh? Oh, and the "logs" of this happening don't ever go away. If I were "mary-sue" or "billy-bob" I would be worried. It just takes a reporter and some poking around to figure these things out. Andrea - the reason Joe won was because of the few thousand votes for the 'green' party candidate.
css March 24, 2011 at 11:12 AM
"Fiscal responsibility", Andrea, is the rich CEO's code phrase for tax cuts for the wealthy and tax increases for the poor and middle class. Please do some homework and you may see that. And my apologies for sounding arrogant, but I'm hazarding the guess that I'm in a higher tax bracket than you. I have nothing against paying for the services this country provides. That includes police protection, protection from fire, safe roads and bridges, etc. Things that benefit the whole, not just the individual.
Carl March 24, 2011 at 12:02 PM
Actually, Brad, your iPhone and your desktop would have different IP addresses (unless you were using your iPhone on your wireless network); however, two alias' on the same device would provide the result you describe. As for a reporter collecting your information, the "Patch" has a strict privacy policy against it (see next post).
Carl March 24, 2011 at 12:02 PM
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Brad Faxton March 24, 2011 at 12:33 PM
All IP packets bound for the Internet are housed at large data warehouses (not accessible to you and I) and saved forever. You will have to trust me when I tell you, "mary-sue" or "billy-bob" need to stop trolling. Bottom line, you win.
Rich March 24, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Homer back for another comment. Again, great to hear those supporting quality public education. Homer knows a little about elections. Never lost one and I've been in 8 of them. Some of the comments from the right have been bizarre. We still come back to Carbone lying and being unethical and those that encourage this bad behavior. Grayslake is filled with good citizens and we know that Carbone will not be rewarded with more allies on the board. Homer will now get invloved but first, I need some Starbuck's!
Carl March 24, 2011 at 03:25 PM
Let me know how I can help! (make mine grande)

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