D159 Board President Resigns

John Troy, Mokena District 159 board member since 2009 and current board president, resigned effective Monday, July 23. Troy plans to apply for the district's open business manager role and resigned to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

John Troy, President of the Board of Education, resigned Monday, July 23. The resignation comes just two weeks after Troy voiced his interest in the district's vacant business manager position.

“I am resigning my position on the Mokena Elementary School District Board of Education effective today [July 23]. Concurrent with my resignation I am submitting my application for the school district business manager position,” Troy's letter read.

Previously Troy, who is currently attending Northern Illinois University to attain certification as a chief school business official, said that when t the timing was “nearly perfect,” for him.

“This is my career choice, it's what I've gone to school for,” Troy said. “If I could serve the district in that capacity, I'd be more than happy to do that.”

Troy resignation letter adds that, while the board informed him resignation was not necessary unless he is hired for the business manager role, “I have decided that in order to avoid any appearance of impropriety I am resigning today concurrent with submitting my application.”

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Same Old July 25, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Mokena - flush with cash and dolts running the zoo. I call it " little Chicago". Sooo many M-plated muni vehicles running around. Put business manager on next ballot just to show the game isn't rigged.
Chester Rook July 26, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Absolutely. I didn't mean to offend you, if I did. I was merely explaining how the balance of appointed vs. elected officiating works and how conflicts of interest are avoided. If you feel there should be no crossing over between the two types of jobs, you're certainly entitled to your opinion :)
C. Martinez July 29, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Dear Mr. Markham, I would like to know why the purported 2% projected increase for district administration is not 2%. My calculations show only two people getting a 2% raise: the Director of Building and Grounds and Director of Technology. While the Director of Business Operations show a projected 25.71% increase and the Director of Student Services is getting a 66.67% increase. The numbers and percentages don't align with what's being reported. I would like to know what's going on. If there is extra money, shouldn't this money be used back into school programs or updating our bullying policies or just save it? I would like more explanation regarding the administration raises. Can you please explain so that I may better understand why this is happen the way it is? I will try to attach a photo of the calculations in this news thread, Can you please review and explain why some of the positions are getting an exorbitant increase? Please advise. Thank you.
IIA Alumni July 30, 2012 at 01:52 AM
No backroom deals, huh? Troy: Hey Markham, I'll give up my seat as president so long as you give me the position of Director of Business Operations and a bump in salary. Markham: Ok, sounds good to me. Sounds like a backroom deal to me. D159 School Board, please prove me wrong and tell me this was not part of some backroom deal. Please explain and justify the administrations pay increases. Parents, when we do not participate and get involved, this is the result: questionable actions without any inquiry and consequences. All I want is the truth and for the school board to do the right thing. I don't believe this is the right thing. Prove me wrong. I thought we were turning things around? I thought we were taking steps toward the right path? What's going on?
C. Martinez August 01, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Please come out to the school board meeting tonight. Let's get involved, participate and do what's best for our kids. Tonight (Wednesday) 7:00PM MES BAND ROOM. See you there! Unity in community! Come out parents and community members of Mokena!


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