Olympia Fields holds off Woods appointment
By Sarah Zylstra Correspondent July 10, 2013 5:38PM
Updated: August 12, 2013 11:33AM
The Olympia Fields Educational Commission will have to do some homework before the village board will approve the appointment of Rich Township High School District 227 board member Delores Woods to the commission.
“Our initial thought was since Delores is a resident of Olympia Fields, and an educator, and has a vested interest in terms of what the wishes and aspirations of Olympia Fields are,” that she would be a good fit, said Kelvin Oliver, Olympia Fields trustee and liaison to the educational commission.
But the village tabled the appointment.
“We wanted to make sure of a couple of things,” Oliver said. “What are the ethical issues, if any, that District 227 adheres to when it comes to these kinds of matters? For instance, if she’s going to become approved, will there be a conflict of interest?”
The village’s attorney will be asked to look into the matter, and the Illinois State Board of Education will be consulted, Oliver said.
District 227 board member David Morgan already sits on the commission. If a problem is found with Woods’ appointment, the board would have to reconsider Morgan’s as well, Oliver said.
“I suppose that’s something we’ll then have to look at, because we don’t want there to be a problem,” Oliver said.
“The Educational Commission would want to do nothing that would appear to be out of line.”
The commission is on hiatus until September, which gives some time for research into the matter, he said. If no conflicts are found, Woods’ appointment will be brought back before the village board in the fall, he said.