HBR Baseball Field Construction

(WSPYnews.com photo by Tyler Bachman)

The DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office issued a letter last week to Hinckley-Big-Rock CUSD #429 Supt. Travis McGuire regarding concerns that were brought forth by a resident about meeting minutes that were not kept from meetings where the building of a baseball field was discussed.

DeKalb County State's Attorney Rick Amato's letter also indicates his office's opinion is that, "little would be garnered" by filing an Open Meetings Act Violation proceeding through the circuit court.

As WSPY reported in late August, seven citizens spoke in opposition to a new Hinckley-Big Rock H.S. baseball field at a school board meeting, following concerns among some citizens that the board and superintendent were not being transparent.

Construction on the $432,644.40 field on the high school campus began in late July. A $100,000 donation for the field was received from a citizen who does not wish to be identified.

At the August 22nd meeting, among the charges from a citizen, Rebecca Gengler, were complaints that the board did not keep minutes of its Building and Grounds Committee meetings.

Superintendent McGuire admitted during the meeting that the Building and Grounds Committee minutes were not kept.

State's Attorney Amato said he listened to the audio posted to WSPYnews.com and thanked McGuire for advising the public of the error.

Amato said while there are minutes posted for the School Board and Committee of the Whole meetings, there are none for the subject committee or any other committees for this year and in past years.

However, Amato said his office's opinion is that the not keeping of minutes was in error, "unlikely to repeat."

Amato also asked that each member of the school board complete the Illinois Attorney General's 2019 OMA training and to institute a policy for the board and FOIA officers to annually retake OMA training so that issues do not arise again. Among posted certificates, Amato indicated no recent training, though, OMA itself does not legally demand retaking training after initially doing so.