HOOPESTON, IL. (ECWd) -
Updated Scribner's error on the dollar amount the school claimed it would save.
The Hoopeston Area School District #11 closed its Honeywell elementary school earlier this year citing financial concerns and alleging it would save the district close to 250k annually.
Their official website lists the superintendent's compensation at over $159, 927 per year.
Just as this school year started, the Board of Education held a special meeting on August 22nd to "discuss the purchase of a piece of real property or properties" - and according to the Special Notice, the meeting was to go directly into executive session pursuant to Section 2(C)(5) of the Open Meetings Act for this discussion.
The notice was dated August 19, 2017.
Oddly enough, the notice posted on the school's website only listed "discussion" of land purchase, while the Agenda posted at the meeting place listed the action item to vote on purchasing real estate. While what happened at the meeting did not necessarily violated the Open Meetings Act, it certainly creates the appearance that the school board was not entirely forthcoming with informing the public of the actions it would vote on at the special meeting.
The Board came out of executive session and voted to purchase a piece of farm property, just to the west of the school, for the purchase price of $112,000.
It is unfortunate for those who relied on the school's website for meeting notification information, as the original notice did not include a vote for purchasing real estate. To top that off, the Agenda was not posted on its website for this special meeting even though their regular meeting agendas are posted online.