Minooka SD 111 Board squabbles over attorneys
BY KRIS STADALSKY Correspondent October 4, 2013 10:56PM
Updated: November 7, 2013 6:38AM
The Minooka High School District 111 Board continues to battle over its legal representation, having declined at its last meeting to pay a $48 bill from a law firm hired by the board president.
In a tie vote Sept. 19, the board failed to approve payment to the firm of Scariano, Himes and Petrarca, which board president Mike Brozovich brought in to provide a second opinion regarding an alleged conflict of interest by board member Michelle Mullen.
Mullen teaches for the Grundy Special Education Cooperative, where District 111 Supt. Jim Colyott is a member of the executive board — creating a strange situation in which Colyott has authority over Mullen with the co-op while Mullen has authority over Colyott in District 111.
The District 111 board has directed Colyott to resign from the co-op board, but he has yet to do so, apparently because of a legal question over whether the school board can order him to quit.
Board member Chris Kobe questioned why District 111 got the $48 bill from the Scariano firm for services July 17 when the board, at its July 11 meeting, directed that it be informed before Brozovich used the firm again and Brozovich agreed.
Kobe said Brozovich first brought up in May the issue of getting a second legal opinion, and board members agreed it might be warranted but nothing was approved by the board at that time.
“This has become the debate,” Brozovich said. “To seek another opinion or direction does not require board approval.” The next board meeting is Oct. 17.