Poll: What Should Happen Next with Melanie Walsh?

District 135 is on the verge of a legal battle over employment. Share your thoughts on what should happen now.

Orland School District 135 paraprofessional Melanie Walsh took a new position with the district in June as a secretary, after 15 years with the district. On Sept. 21, Walsh was informed that she could take back her old parapro position and .

All that was apparently said to Walsh is that board members were unhappy with the hiring process, though others contend nothing was wrong with the hiring method. Board members John Carmody, Ann Gentile, Tom Cunningham and Tina Zekich voted for the demotion, while members Lynne Donegan, Mary Bragg and Joe LaMargo voted against.

Since then, the Illinois Federation of Teachers has filed a demotion grievance against the district, and an .

IFT Field Service Director Deneen Pajeau estimated the litigation could cost the district $100,000.

What do you think should now happen in this matter?

Please take our poll below and tell us why you voted as such in the comments.

G November 09, 2011 at 03:23 AM
silence only breeds violence? Really? Hmmmm... disagree with that...
frank November 09, 2011 at 02:56 PM
NOVEMBER 14th ? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Megan James November 09, 2011 at 03:24 PM
Ms Walsh should never have been asked to step down. They did their vetting and interviewing and gave her the position. She wasn't doing the job poorly either. While I would normally just have picked the first option because it would cost taxpayers less and be less of a financial impact on the schools/student, I went with the 3rd option, where Ms. Walsh is also awarded funds for damages. But I would have prefer that the amount paid for the damages were to come directly out of John Carmody, Ann Gentile, Tom Cunningham and Tina Zekich's pockets. Then maybe elected officials will get the hint that you can't just say "sorry" for your unethical decisions, but you have to be willing to back up your decisions financially if you're wrong too.
frank November 09, 2011 at 03:33 PM
"awarded funds for damages out of their pockets" would really be the answer for " them " and others who foolishly exploit the public. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Megan James November 09, 2011 at 03:47 PM
John Paul - I agree with you! But to me....I don't think its so much as "everyone knows about..., but why doesn't anyone say something before we vote". Its really more a situation comprised of 2 issues. One - People are not doing their homework to find out about the candidates running. Unfortunately, too many people vote based on who friends, family and other elected officials ask them to vote for, without finding out much about the candidates. Most of this "everyone knows" information is out there before the elections. Just need to do a little research and not vote blindly based on others endorsements. Two - the bigger problem....people just don't go out to vote anymore. While its important to remember things like this, it doesn't mean a hill of beans if they don't actually cast a vote during every election. And now days, there really no excuse not to vote. College kids, military members, vacationers/snowbirds can vote absentee, and the rest of us no longer have to worry about voting only on one day. The early voting option is wonderful! The only excuse not to vote now days should only be for those with a last minute medical emergency or death in the family.


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