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Minooka Community High School Board of Education Member Resigns

A member of the Minooka Community High School school board has submitted their resignation to the Board of Education. Lori Lakota has resigned from her position effective immediately. Lakota was at the center of an allegation that alleged that she had stated in a board meeting that she would not want her child to be taught by a black teacher. The comments were also believed to be connected to the recent resignation of Principal Ron Kieswetter. Board members at the meeting in question have repeatedly stated that no such comment was made and that Kiesewetter’s departure was mutual. A board of education meeting on May 21st saw hundreds of parents, students and faculty came out to express their anger at Kiesewetter’s departure, as well as to speak out against the board member’s alleged comment. Mrs. Lakota has also continuously denied that any such comment was made at the school board meeting.

The board is now accepting applications from individuals who may be interested in being appointed for the reminder of Lakota’s term. Applications are due by June 10, 2019 with interviews of selected candidates to follow and the appointment to be made at the June 19, 2019 Board meeting. If you would like to be considered for the vacant board position please submit a letter of interest to the Board of Education Secretary, Colleen Ward, at [email protected] by June 10, 2019.

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