Sources have emailed the provisohighlighter 2 at firstname.lastname@example.org with copies of emails from SD209 School Board Member Theresa Kelly requesting Mr. Fields to add items to the monthly school board meeting agenda. Mr. Fields ignores such requests by Mrs. Kelly until the deadline has passed for items to be added to the agenda. Mrs. Kelly emailed Mr. Fields on February 2nd, 7th, 12th, and 14th requesting, "The Proviso East Alumni Wall of Fame", be placed on the agenda for the February 19, 2007 board meeting. Mr. Fields continued to ignore these emails until February 16th at 11:38 a.m. stating "BOE agenda is finalized 12pm Wednesday preceding the mtg". What an ASS!!! Did Mr. Fields forget that he initiated this discussion at the September 2006 SD209 Board Meeting. Mr. Fields and School Board President Chrissy Welch screamed at Mrs. Kelly, "Show us the money, it's illegal". Mr. Fields also mocked Mrs. Kelly because she used the term "skeptical" instead of "spectacle".
Mrs. Kelly's latest email, dated March 14, 2007, requesting the same item to be added for March 19, 2007 board meeting. Mr. Fields responded March 16, 2007, yet this item was not added to the agenda.
The proviso highlighter received a copy of the complaint filed by Mrs. Kelly that was sent to Mr. Fields regarding election fraud, candidate tampering, and civil rights violation. SD209 Business Manager, Nikita Giraffe Johnson, escorted her aunt, Candidate Robin Foreman, up to the 5th floor at PMSA before office hours while Mrs. Kelly waited patiently on the 1st floor to file petitions for the upcoming school board election in April 2007.
Mrs. Kelly writes,
To: Stan Fields
Cc: Board of Education, Illinois School Board Association, Illinois Association of School Boards, State of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Cook County Clerk David Orr
From: Theresa Kelly
RE: Statement regarding Election fraud, Candidate filing tampering & Civil Rights Violations
On January 26, 2007, I called Sharon Willis, Stan Fields secretary and left a message. I also left a message for Stan Fields, both neglected to return my calls. Eventually, I contacted Marlene McBrien to confirm the location of where the election petitions were to be filed. I contacted Marlene McBrien due to the fact that the letter generated by the Superintendent’s office (Letter to Prospective Board Candidates) was incomplete and did not state the exact floor or room number of the filing office, which would be standard and professional. You will find this to be a direct contradiction to the memorandum issued by Stan Fields on 02/01/2007. To add to this, Stan Fields statements regarding the board meeting on 11/20/06 is irrelevant and does not relate to the specific subject of petition filing that was to take place on 1/29/2007. I have attached copies of both letters in my statement.
On January 29, 2007 at 7:00 am, I arrived at PMSA with Ralph Harris (candidate), entered the building, and was immediately met by Brandon Gale (Director of Security). Brandon Gale advised us to have a seat in the designated waiting area in front of the business office. I engaged Brandon Gale and told him that per my conversation with Marlene McBrien, the petitions were to be filed on the 5th floor in room 517, Marlene McBrien’s office. Brandon Gale informed me that my information was incorrect. Per Brandon Gale, petitions were to be filed at the 1st floor business office. Brandon stated that we were in the correct area and chairs were set up on Friday specifically as a waiting area for potential candidates. I questioned Brandon again, and he assured me that we were in the right place. So myself and Mr. Harris took a seat in the area designated by Brandon Gale.
After sitting for 25 minutes and conversation with Mr. Harris about this situation, I decided to go to the 5th floor, just to confirm that the information we received from Brandon Gale was correct. I walked over and proceeded to call for an elevator to transport me to the 5th floor. Brandon Gale noticed me waiting for the elevator and rushed over to question me. I told Brandon Gale that I was going to the 5th floor to make sure the information he gave us was correct. Brandon Gale replied that I could not go to the 5th floor because, "the 5th floor is locked". I replied to Brandon Gale, that "I just wanted to check". During this conversation with Brandon Gale, Nakita Johnson (Business Manager) and her Aunt, Robin Foreman walked in from a non-designated opposite entrance and proceeded to wait for the elevator to take to the 5th floor. Nakita Johnson, her Aunt Robin Foreman and I exchanged pleasantries and they proceeded to take the elevator to the 5th floor. I told Brandon Gale, that Robin Foreman is a candidate for the board and he replied, "I don’t know her". After this exchange, I again told Brandon Gale that I was going to the 5th floor. Again, he said no, stopped me and stated that he would go check and let us know where to go. I went back to the designated area and joined Dr. Charles Flowers, Robert Harris, Kevin McDermott and Janice Johnson while we waited for Brandon Gale.
At approximately 7:30 am, Dr. Flowers asked Carmella Johnson if she would find out where we are supposed to file our petitions. Carmella Johnson stated that she would find out and give us the information. Subsequently, Carmella Johnson never returned. After waiting for Carmella, to no avail, we asked Stark King ( Business Director) if he knew where we are supposed to file and he replied that he thought that we were in the right place and offered to get us coffee. As suggested, we waited.
At approximately 7:45 am, Brandon Gale returned to tell us we were in the right place and Sharon Willis would be down shortly. Dr. Flowers asked Brandon Gale about Robin Forman, Nakita Johnson’s Aunt. Brandon Gale informed us that she would be coming down also.
At approximately 8:05 am, Brandon Gale returned and informed us that we had to go to the 5th floor to file our petitions and that he would escort us. I stated to Brandon Gale that "I told you in the beginning that we were to go upstairs to the 5th floor". Brandon Gale gave no response. Eventually, we arrived to file our petitions in room 517 with Brandon Gale and tried to enter, but the door was locked. Brandon Gale then contacted Marlene McBrien who came from an opposite door, through the hallway and proceeded to let us in through the designated entrance. Upon walking in, we found Sharon Willis checking the petitions of Robin Foreman, Nakita Johnson’s Aunt. We also noticed that Sharon Willis was on Robin Foreman’s 2nd batch of petitions, which means that that Sharon Willis and Marlene McBrien started the process With Robin Foreman, Nakita’s Aunt before the designated time of 8:00 am. Dr. Flowers questioned Brandon Gale about his role in this process and he stated that, they told him to do it. Upon further questioning, he stated that Nakita Johnson told him to hold us downstairs until further notice.
Nakita Johnson’s office and her secretary Marlene McBrien’s office are set up as adjoining rooms separated by a common door. Due to Marlene McBrien’s office door being locked, the only entrance to the petition filing room was through Nakita Johnson’s door. This is how her Aunt, Robin Foreman gained entrance to the filing room. Without the consent of Nakita Johnson, Marlene McBrien, and Sharon Willis would not have the authority to start the filing process. Furthermore, without Nakita Johnson’s unauthorized visitor’s entrance (Robin Foreman bypassed the visitor’s log, which all visitors are required to sign, escorted by Nakita Johnson) Robin Foreman would not have gained access and attained an unfair advantage for herself and her slate.
Robin Foreman submitted petitions for 4 candidates from her party which happens to be the slate backed by the current school board president Emmanuel "Chris" Welch.
Per the information I have stated, District 209 administration and staff including the office of the Superintendent, conspired and attempted to commit election fraud and purposefully tamper with the candidates filing process to give Nakita Johnson’s Aunt, Robin Foreman and her slate of candidates, an illegal and unfair advantage in the ballot positioning lottery. Per the rules stated in the "incomplete" letter to "Prospective School Board Candidates", "In the event that two or more candidates qualify for this "simultaneous filing", a lottery will be held to determine the order of their names on the ballot". With the conspired actions perpetrated by the Superintendents office down to the Director of Security, the aim was to keep myself and other potential candidates away from room 517 until after 8am, that way Nakita Johnson could sneak her Aunt, Robin Foreman into the filing room so that she and her slate of candidates, backed by the school board president could receive the first 4 slots on the ballot by default. This is inherently dishonest and a direct violation of our civil rights. This also draws into question the actions of the school board president, the superintendent, the superintendent’s secretary, the business director, the business manager, the business manager’s secretary, and the director of security.
Per Stan Fields’ memorandum dated February 1, 2007, he stated, "I am fully responsible for the communication and execution of the BOE candidate filing protocol". Per Stan Fields own admission, he has accepted responsibility for the "execution and communication" which, in essence implicates his office and staff with making a high level attempt to violate the civil rights of prospective school board candidates. Due to the reprehensible actions by the superintendent’s office, I have zero confidence in his objectivity and integrity. This dishonest attempt to commit election fraud should not be limited to a review or investigation solely by the Superintendent’s office due to their involvement. Therefore, I am requesting an investigation of the facts by the offices listed in the cc.
Theresa L. Kelly
District 209 Board Member
Why is Superintendent Stan Fields ignoring School Board Member Theresa Kelly? Is Mr. Fields displaying honesty and fairness in his practices as Superintendent? Can you trust Mr. Fields to better our schools since he continues to ignore the law? Who does Mr. Fields work for? Chrissy Welch??? What do you think of Mr. Field's anal behavior? Will the new Regional Superintendent Charles Flowers give Mr. Fields the boot?