Committee to investigate board member

Committee to investigate board member

There are 794 comments on the Herald News story from Oct 19, 2007, titled Committee to investigate board member. In it, Herald News reports that:

The New Lenox School Board has created a committee to investigate a board member for what the superintendent has called "official misconduct that has civil and potential criminal implications." The decision to ...

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Mark

New Lenox, IL

#1 Oct 19, 2007
Even if you are not a Sass Fan, you have to admit that Maureen Broderick looks pretty GUILTY. She even tried to pull in a former board member, Papa to prove a point but funny how he was not at the meeting to support her. Even Sue Smith did not fall for her antics even when MB tried to suck her in. The truth will prevail.
disgruntled taxpayer

United States

#2 Oct 19, 2007
Mark wrote:
Even if you are not a Sass Fan, you have to admit that Maureen Broderick looks pretty GUILTY. She even tried to pull in a former board member, Papa to prove a point but funny how he was not at the meeting to support her. Even Sue Smith did not fall for her antics even when MB tried to suck her in. The truth will prevail.
Ok Mike whatever you say.
interesting

AOL

#3 Oct 19, 2007
Sass is guilty. The truth will prevail.
interesting

AOL

#4 Oct 19, 2007
Mark, for goodness sake, Sass's wife was Baldermann's campaign finance manager, and Baldermann used the schools to campaign. Baldermann aided Gillooly, Markus and McInerney with their campaign. Is it any wonder they're bowing to Sass now? Could this be payback for the inflated administrative salaries, which help Sass and Megan Baldermann?

Quid pro quo here?

This appears to be retaliation on the board's part based on greed and ego.

Gillooly and Markus don't amount to much more than junior high-aged kids sitting on a mock board "acting" like adults with a crush on a couple of teachers. The kids are fine. We have good teachers. Stop using the kids for your propaganda.

I think the residents should investigate Sass and Baldermann. How 'bout that?
Mark

New Lenox, IL

#5 Oct 19, 2007
interesting wrote:
Mark, for goodness sake, Sass's wife was Baldermann's campaign finance manager, and Baldermann used the schools to campaign. Baldermann aided Gillooly, Markus and McInerney with their campaign. Is it any wonder they're bowing to Sass now? Could this be payback for the inflated administrative salaries, which help Sass and Megan Baldermann?
Quid pro quo here?
This appears to be retaliation on the board's part based on greed and ego.
Gillooly and Markus don't amount to much more than junior high-aged kids sitting on a mock board "acting" like adults with a crush on a couple of teachers. The kids are fine. We have good teachers. Stop using the kids for your propaganda.
I think the residents should investigate Sass and Baldermann. How 'bout that?
Did you read the newspapers,Smartie Pants? Baldermann also helped back Broderick's campaign. Or did it just slip your mind? If Gillooly and Markus are guilty, then what do you have to say for Broderick? It sounds like a jealousy issue if you ask me. What do you have against them? They are not charged of wrong doing. So you just feel better making things up. HUH?
Mark

New Lenox, IL

#6 Oct 19, 2007
FYI, I am not Mike or any of the kind. However, I enjoyed playing all of you sick game tonight. You people who read and reply to these blogs are really pathetic!! You have nothing better to do than insult people. Fun, huh? How did you like it?(an eye for an eye)
Signing off forever!!
Mark
Surely

Elmhurst, IL

#7 Oct 20, 2007
interesting wrote:
Mark, for goodness sake, Sass's wife was Baldermann's campaign finance manager, and Baldermann used the schools to campaign. Baldermann aided Gillooly, Markus and McInerney with their campaign. Is it any wonder they're bowing to Sass now? Could this be payback for the inflated administrative salaries, which help Sass and Megan Baldermann?
Quid pro quo here?
This appears to be retaliation on the board's part based on greed and ego.
Gillooly and Markus don't amount to much more than junior high-aged kids sitting on a mock board "acting" like adults with a crush on a couple of teachers. The kids are fine. We have good teachers. Stop using the kids for your propaganda.
I think the residents should investigate Sass and Baldermann. How 'bout that?
Quit dodging this forum and bringing up people who do not have these criminal/civil implications above their heads, are your initals MB? or KH? Or MR? I, for one, appreciate a potentially corrupt board member being brought into the light. The truth will come out.
Mark Fan

Elmhurst, IL

#8 Oct 20, 2007
Mark wrote:
<quoted text>Did you read the newspapers,Smartie Pants? Baldermann also helped back Broderick's campaign. Or did it just slip your mind? If Gillooly and Markus are guilty, then what do you have to say for Broderick? It sounds like a jealousy issue if you ask me. What do you have against them? They are not charged of wrong doing. So you just feel better making things up. HUH?
I remember. Broderick was upset nobody was supporting her campaign, then,she hollered at the Bluestone guys for supporting others. Boo hoo. Could it be there just was no support? 14 votes said it all. So do the newspapers. This will not go away.
122 Fan

Elmhurst, IL

#9 Oct 20, 2007
interesting wrote:
Sass is guilty. The truth will prevail.
Sass is guilty the Truth will prevail? Look at the heading of this forum. "Committee to investigate board member". Did you not watch the meeting or read the Herald and the Southtown? She has pressured staff for personal and professional gain with her mortgage business & special favors her kids and contracts for her friends. I hope the States Attorney is reading the paper, too.
122 fan as well

AOL

#10 Oct 20, 2007
122 Fan wrote:
<quoted text> Sass is guilty the Truth will prevail? Look at the heading of this forum. "Committee to investigate board member". Did you not watch the meeting or read the Herald and the Southtown? She has pressured staff for personal and professional gain with her mortgage business & special favors her kids and contracts for her friends. I hope the States Attorney is reading the paper, too.
You are diverting. We have two issues here. I did not hear Sass explain how the additional salary monies were distributed, which is what Maureen has been trying to obtain, nor did I hear his or Brouwer's explanation of signing off on minutes that were not even complete.
New Lenox Mom

Elgin, IL

#11 Oct 20, 2007
Surely wrote:
<quoted text> Quit dodging this forum and bringing up people who do not have these criminal/civil implications above their heads, are your initals MB? or KH? Or MR? I, for one, appreciate a potentially corrupt board member being brought into the light. The truth will come out.
I for one, appreciate a potentially corrupt superintendent, not in compliance with the terms of his contract being brought into the light. Are your initials BB? or KM? or SG? or JT? or MS perhaps? The truth will come out.
122 fan as well

AOL

#12 Oct 20, 2007
New Lenox Mom wrote:
<quoted text>
I for one, appreciate a potentially corrupt superintendent, not in compliance with the terms of his contract being brought into the light. Are your initials BB? or KM? or SG? or JT? or MS perhaps? The truth will come out.
The school board disgraced the community with their behavior. Wouldn't it have been easier for them to give the information to Maureen? Maybe we should all submit FOIA's for the information Maureen was being stonewalled on. See how they treat taxpayers.
For the Kids

Bartlett, IL

#13 Oct 20, 2007
122 fan as well wrote:
<quoted text>
The school board disgraced the community with their behavior. Wouldn't it have been easier for them to give the information to Maureen? Maybe we should all submit FOIA's for the information Maureen was being stonewalled on. See how they treat taxpayers.
Amen!! I think I will be heading over to district Monday for an FOIA of my own. What will they say to an ordinary taxpayer? Let's get to the bottom of this once and for all.
Bananarama

United States

#14 Oct 20, 2007
Tim Balderman is bad news. Tim Beavers Balderman and his cronies are highly suspect and questionable. People have to connect all the dots and see that all roads lead from the Baldermans to Cook County Commissioner Beavers.

The voters simpy have to decide -- do you want Cook County Commissioner Beavers have influence New Lenox? Do you want Cook County Beavers to have influence in DC and represent the good people of Bloomington, Ottowa, Mendota and Frankfort?

Everyone should band together and stop this decline of good government and the rise of Tim Beavers Balderman.
Marks friend

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Oct 21, 2007
122 fan as well wrote:
<quoted text>
The school board disgraced the community with their behavior. Wouldn't it have been easier for them to give the information to Maureen? Maybe we should all submit FOIA's for the information Maureen was being stonewalled on. See how they treat taxpayers.
And who says that the district did not give the information to Maureen? Maureen? Mmmm... hmmmm....Credible. Let's not forget the real issue, here.
THE REAL ISSUE

Wheaton, IL

#16 Oct 21, 2007
Marks friend wrote:
<quoted text>And who says that the district did not give the information to Maureen? Maureen? Mmmm... hmmmm....Credible. Let's not forget the real issue, here.
It sounded to me that she filed FOIAs because they were NOT giving her information. We have to remember that Sass is NOT the board's boss. Maureen and the others are here to represent US. That's why we vote for them. IF any board member, NOT just Maureen, requests information, they HAVE TO GIVE IT TO HER. LETS REMEMBER THE ISSUE HERE. As a VOTING TAXPAYER, I want to know where my money is going. I WANT TO SEE ALL THE PAYROLL OF THE ADMINISTRATION SHE IS REQUESTING IT ABOUT. So, the issue now will be, one way or another, we are going to see those numbers. If Maureen doesn't get it, the taxpayers will!
New Lenox Mom

Elgin, IL

#17 Oct 21, 2007
This is a great post from one of the other blogs! Thank you for posting, you are SO RIGHT!
Disgusted in New Lenox
Detroit, MI Reply »
|Flag |#134 6 hrs ago
I too watched the meeting on Ch. 6 and couldn't believe what I saw. The actions of the board members IN COORDINATION with Dr. Sass were as unprofessional and obnoxious as I have seen in local government in my memory. Repeatedly I heard memebers say their job was to "support Dr. Sass...support the administration". Are you kidding me? Clearly these members don't know what their job is. Their job is OVERSIGHT...they are there to protect the taxpayers' interests. The board members have a fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers of New Lenox and are failing miserably. Mrs. Broderick is asking the right questions and being stonewalled.
To Dr. Sass, if there was criminal conduct on the part of Mrs. Broderick of the type you allege, where is the state's attorney and/or the attorney general? Why is there no investigation and no charges pending. If you're such a great fiscal manager, why are the parents of New Lenox students paying among the highest enrollment fees in the State of Illinois, if not the highest? Why are our administrators overpaid and teachers underpaid? Do we really need a superintendent with a compensation package exceeding 200k annually and kindergarten school principals earning in excess of 100k annually (as of the 05-06 school year)? Think about it, up until 6 years ago the President of the United States only made 250k annually. Your books balance because you are picking the pockets of parents for outrageous fees and not because of sound fiscal management. Anyone can make their books balance when they have unlimited taxing authority, and make no mistake, the enrollment fees are a tax, you simply didn't have to get the permission of the people to impose it.
The board members and board president embarrassed themselves and the Village of New Lenox. Home of Proud Americans...I don't think so, it's more like the Home of Humiliated Americans. They were saddened...I was saddened. Dr. Sass and the board members showed themselves to be petty and vindictive. Maureen Broderick is doing her job and I hope she continues to do so for a long time to come.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Dr. Sass is operating with a board too scared or inept to challenge his actions and hold him to account. Dr. Sass and the board called for Mrs. Broderick's resignation...who are they to challenge the will of the voters? Fortunately the voters CAN hold this board to account and I look forward to good people stepping forward to challenge these people in the 2009 election.
Additionally, as if the fox hasn't had enough fun in the hen house, the board, at Dr. Sass' urging, is going to select a committee to investigate charges against Mrs. Broderick which involve allegations of wrongdoing by the very people on the committee? Sounds fair and impartial to me. All members of the board made clear their feelings about Mrs. Broderick at the last meeting, how can they possibly perform an impartial investigation of the allegations against all parties to this controversy? All they need is a kangaroo and their court will be complete.
It's time for the Will County Superintendent to step in, take action and investigate. Let the chips fall where they may. As they say...if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. I think the superintendent and board were too smart by half and are about to find out just how hot the kitchen can get. Go get'em Maureen!!!!!!!!!!
New Lenox Mom

Elgin, IL

#18 Oct 21, 2007
Marks friend wrote:
<quoted text>And who says that the district did not give the information to Maureen? Maureen? Mmmm... hmmmm....Credible. Let's not forget the real issue, here.
Maureen had the information thrown at her, months after she asked for it and without documentation to prove the board had given him permission to spend our money! I am not forgetting the real issue, in spite of all the lame attempts to get the taxpayers to do so!
New Lenox Mom

Elgin, IL

#19 Oct 21, 2007
Great post! Thank you!
Disgusted in New Lenox
Detroit, MI Reply »
|Flag |#134 6 hrs ago
I too watched the meeting on Ch. 6 and couldn't believe what I saw. The actions of the board members IN COORDINATION with Dr. Sass were as unprofessional and obnoxious as I have seen in local government in my memory. Repeatedly I heard memebers say their job was to "support Dr. Sass...support the administration". Are you kidding me? Clearly these members don't know what their job is. Their job is OVERSIGHT...they are there to protect the taxpayers' interests. The board members have a fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers of New Lenox and are failing miserably. Mrs. Broderick is asking the right questions and being stonewalled.
To Dr. Sass, if there was criminal conduct on the part of Mrs. Broderick of the type you allege, where is the state's attorney and/or the attorney general? Why is there no investigation and no charges pending. If you're such a great fiscal manager, why are the parents of New Lenox students paying among the highest enrollment fees in the State of Illinois, if not the highest? Why are our administrators overpaid and teachers underpaid? Do we really need a superintendent with a compensation package exceeding 200k annually and kindergarten school principals earning in excess of 100k annually (as of the 05-06 school year)? Think about it, up until 6 years ago the President of the United States only made 250k annually. Your books balance because you are picking the pockets of parents for outrageous fees and not because of sound fiscal management. Anyone can make their books balance when they have unlimited taxing authority, and make no mistake, the enrollment fees are a tax, you simply didn't have to get the permission of the people to impose it.
The board members and board president embarrassed themselves and the Village of New Lenox. Home of Proud Americans...I don't think so, it's more like the Home of Humiliated Americans. They were saddened...I was saddened. Dr. Sass and the board members showed themselves to be petty and vindictive. Maureen Broderick is doing her job and I hope she continues to do so for a long time to come.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Dr. Sass is operating with a board too scared or inept to challenge his actions and hold him to account. Dr. Sass and the board called for Mrs. Broderick's resignation...who are they to challenge the will of the voters? Fortunately the voters CAN hold this board to account and I look forward to good people stepping forward to challenge these people in the 2009 election.
Additionally, as if the fox hasn't had enough fun in the hen house, the board, at Dr. Sass' urging, is going to select a committee to investigate charges against Mrs. Broderick which involve allegations of wrongdoing by the very people on the committee? Sounds fair and impartial to me. All members of the board made clear their feelings about Mrs. Broderick at the last meeting, how can they possibly perform an impartial investigation of the allegations against all parties to this controversy? All they need is a kangaroo and their court will be complete.
It's time for the Will County Superintendent to step in, take action and investigate. Let the chips fall where they may. As they say...if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. I think the superintendent and board were too smart by half and are about to find out just how hot the kitchen can get. Go get'em Maureen!!!!!!!!!!
New Lenox Mom

Elgin, IL

#20 Oct 21, 2007
Sorry it posted twice!

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