Minooka High School board member resigns

MINOOKA – A District 111 Minooka Community High School board member will resign after county and state officials found a conflict of interest with her serving on the board. 

On Tuesday, board member Michelle Mullen, who has been serving on the board since last May, submitted a resignation letter effective March 20, said Perry Rudman, assistant state’s attorney with the Grundy County State’s Attorney office. 

He said his office contacted Mullen’s lawyers for a decision on whether she would stay on the board after the Illinois Attorney General’s office issued an “unbinding, unofficial” ruling letter last week that explained she may not serve on both the board and as a teacher with the Grundy County Special Education Cooperative.

The letter stated: “... the employment relationship between a school board member-teacher and the special education cooperative that employs him or her constitutes a prohibited interest in a contract under section 10-9 of the School Code, if the school district which the school board member serves is a party to the agreement that created and governs the special education cooperative.”

Rudman said the state's attorney's office sought the legal opinion of the attorney general’s office after Mullen was elected as a board member. Before the election, her lawyers and his office had discussed a possible conflict of interest which her lawyers felt did not exist, he said. 

“The problem that the schools face is that the action of a board member who is not lawfully serving cast doubt on the business of the board,” Rudman said. 

A complete story on this issue will appear in tomorrow's edition of the Morris Daily Herald.