Colyott will not resign GSEC seat
By Kris Stadalsky Correspondent October 21, 2013 7:08PM
Michelle Mullen | Supplied photo
Updated: November 23, 2013 6:20AM
Minooka High School District 111 Supt. Jim Colyott will not step down from his executive board seat on the Grundy Special Education Cooperative (GSEC) as instructed to by the District 111 board of education.
In a 4-1 vote during the Sept. 5 District 111 board of education meeting, board members approved a directive for Colyott to resign that seat in hopes it would resolve the main issue in board member Michelle Mullen’s conflict of interest case.
Board member Karen Buchanan opposed the directive, Mullen abstained and Mark French was absent.
“I submitted my resignation as they asked me to,” Colyott said following the District 111 board meeting on Oct. 17.
Mullen was elected to the District 111 board of education in April. The conflict is about Mullen being a tenured teacher for the GSEC. District 111 is one of 12 member districts of the GSEC, all of whom have representatives on the general board.
While only five members of the GSEC general board serve on the executive board and have voting powers, all board members have input on decisions affecting the cooperative. General members rotate serving a three-year term on the executive board.
With Colyott on the executive board, he could vote on matters affecting Mullen’s job. At the same time, as a District 111 board member, Mullen could be responsible for voting on matters relating to Colyott’s job.
The GSEC executive board voted against accepting resignation in a 4-0 vote. Colyott abstained at its Sept. 18 meeting.