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Public Notification about Board Meeting
Public Notification about Board Meeting
Jean Neal
Friday, June 19, 2020

                                                  Georgetown-Ridge Farm CUSD #4 Public Notification 

The Georgetown-Ridge Farm School Board has a special meeting scheduled for June 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. The agenda outlines two action items, an acceptance of the GRHS head football coach’s resignation, Mr. Cavanaugh, and a capital outlay purchase. These will be the items the board of education will act on as outlined in the Open Meetings Act. Due to Governor Pritzker’s Covid-19 restriction on gatherings of more than 10 people, we have been holding board meetings virtually so that the public can attend. A link to the meeting will be available on our district website www.grf.k12.il.us If you would like to address the board, we will use the same procedures we have used in the past during the Covid-19 interruption: Interested members of the public may log on to our meeting by going to this link: https://www.gotomeet.me/JeanNe... and may contact the Superintendent at jneal@gobuffaloes.org with written questions that they would like read to the Board. As always, we welcome public participation during our board meetings. Understand however, should you have specific concerns about specific employees; the Board must convene in closed session to hear such concerns. 

In the last few days the District has become aware of claims on social media platforms and via local news coverage against the District’s football coach. Last season, the District investigated claims that would appear similar or the same as those made on social media. After investigating the claims, the claims were determined to be unfounded (i.e., in this case, “unfounded” means there was not valid evidence to support the claim). The District will have no further comment on this internal personnel matter. 

Please understand we are committed to an educational environment that serves all of our youth regardless of race. The district does not actively monitor or investigate content on social media. 

The Board’s decision to non-renew the employment of one volunteer assistant coach and accept the resignation of another volunteer assistant coach were made by the Board due to underlying personnel issues, which the District cannot discuss due to confidentiality. 

It takes very little effort to make an allegation on social media. There is no effective way to judge the truth of the many things alleged on social media before the moment of judgment is made. The victims of such allegations have an even more difficult task refuting the same and are certainly denied any due process. 

The District has an established formal grievance process by which a complaint can be reported to school officials and which allows us to respond seriously and appropriately to any credible claim of unacceptable behavior involving any staff member. The process to report a complaint against an employee is as follows: 

1. Contact Georgetown-Ridge Farm School District at 217-662-8488. 

2. Establish a mutually agreeable appointment time to discuss concern. 

3. District conducts investigation, evaluates information, and makes a determination that ensures due process of all parties. 

The above process will be followed in addressing complaints against employees to ensure due process is afforded to all involved.