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Consider possible conflicts of interest when casting votes

To the voters of Morris Community High School District 101:

When I think of any school board member, I think of a person who is donating his or her time as a very worthy cause.

These members are held to a higher moral and ethical value. They are in charge of overseeing our young adults to make sure they are getting the best education the district can afford.

They are in charge of very large amounts of money (over $14.5 million) that make up 25 percent of your real estate bill (it is 75 percent if you include grade school and junior college).

It is, therefore, very important who you vote to represent you and the students of the school.

Of the persons running for the board this time, three of them have conflicts of interest.  It is not illegal for these participants to run, but it is defiantly not ethical.

Denny Best, who was a lifelong teacher in Coal City with Mr. Halloran, has a wife who, as you read in the voice of the people recently, is a driving instructor for the school making $45 per hour.

This was not the case before Denny Best became president of the board.

Now the administration is going to cut the hourly pay  back next year, since they were caught doing something very unethical. (I am told other districts are paying $30)

Stephen Stangland, who was on the board before, now has a son-in-law working as a teacher and coach for the district.

Thomas Anderson also has a son working as a teacher and coach for the district.

One has to ask if, when it comes to voting on any monetary items from supplies, coaching supplies, teacher contracts, extra stipends or anything else you can think of, will they be impartial or, worse, not be able to vote at all.

Think when you vote, BUT DO VOTE.

Concerned citizen,

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