Hillsboro Board Declines Mask Mandate Litigation

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A motion to look into possible litigation regarding the Illinois State Board of Education’s authority to compel schools to follow mandates failed 3-4 during a special Hillsboro School Board meeting for that purpose on Monday, Aug. 23, at the unit office.

The motion failed with board members John Lentz, Bryce Rupert and Dan Tester voting in favor, and Kassie Greenwood, Nathan Kirby, Barbara Adams and Matt Lentz voting against.

The motion, made by Rupert and seconded by John Lentz, in its entirety was “To direct Superintendent Powell to further look into possible litigation regarding ISBE’s authority to compel schools to follow mandates regarding an executive order during an emergency.  

This may include but is not limited to consulting with the board attorney, other school districts who are or may be considering possible litigation or other attorneys who may be involved in possible litigation on this subject.  

The board further directs Superintendent Powell to report his findings at the board’s regular September 2021 meeting.”

Twelve people addressed the board during the portion of the agenda set aside for public comment: Sarah VanMiddendorp, Mary Ellen Matthews, Jim O’Neill, Emily Hughes, Patricia Beard, Tera Scroggins, Don Karban, Casey Richardson, Don Downs, Kelsey Haynie, DJ Morgan and Michelle Brown.

With no need for closed session for pending litigation, the meeting adjourned after an hour and ten minutes.

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