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Gardner Grade School Distrcit accepts membes resignation

Published: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

GARDNER – The Gardner Grade School District accepted board member Gary Morris’ resignation from the school board Thursday night.

His resignation came after months of court hearings on the Grundy County State’s Attorney’s Office’s complaint against him, stating the District 72C board member does not live in the school district, and asked for his resignation.

School district Superintendent Tony Whiston said Friday the resignation was accepted without much comment and Gary Morris, also known as Nick Morris, was not present.

In a phone call Friday, Morris said he had no comment.

Morris originally responded to the complaint filed in August that he lives at 207 E. Odell St. in Gardner, which is the address on his driver’s license, voter’s registration card and checking account.

In the complaint, Assistant State’s Attorney Perry Rudman stated Morris lists his home address on a warranty deed as 607 Westshire Drive in Joliet. Morris argued in his case filings he owns multiple homes, but the Gardner address is his legal residence.

In court last month, Rudman told Judge Lance Peterson Morris submitted a signed resignation letter to Rudman and told him Morris also submitted his resignation at the school. At that time, Rudman requested a later court date to ensure the resignation is accepted and said then he would dismiss the charges.

The school board did not vote on it until this week. The next court date is set for 9 a.m. Friday.

Rudman was not in the office Friday.

“As I understand it, he was a board member for a lot of years. The public elected him. It’s sad he doesn’t live down there,” he said previously.

The school board has 45 days to appoint someone to fill Morris’ former position. Whiston said the board has already had three people express interest.

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