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Oak Creek-Franklin School Board Member Resigns

Conflict arises with Glimeister's employment as girls basketball coach.

Oak Creek-Franklin School Board member Jim Gilmeister will resign because of a state regulation disallowing him from coaching sports in the school district and serving on the school board at the same time.

The recently learned of the state rule and Gilmeister was forced to effectively choose between coaching and maintaining his seat on the School Board, Superintendent Sara Burmeister said during Monday's board meeting.

He chose to continue coaching girls basketball and submitted his resignation, which is effective Tuesday, to the school board.

The district has had a conflict-of-interest policy in place since 1998 that prohibits board members from benefiting monetarily from the district more than $5,000, Burmeister said.

Burmeister said Gilmeister was careful to keep his coaching earnings less than $5,000, even coaching middle school basketball on a volunteer basis to avoid hitting the threshold.

"But recently we found out there's a little more to it than that," Burmeister said. "There is (a regulation about) 'incompatible positions,' and in sharing that with Mr. Gilmeister, he then was looking at a choice of continuing on the board or choosing to coach basketball."

School Board President Frank Carini, reading from a prepared statement, praised Gilmeister and thanked him for his service. Gilmeister has been on the board for about two-and-a-half years after unseating incumbent Thomas Robe in 2009.

"Jim has been a valuable asset to the board and has devoted a great deal of his time and his energy to the district," Carini said. "We respect his decision to continue coaching. We wish him only the best in his future endeavors."

Gilmeister did not speak at the meeting and was not available afterward, as the board went into closed session. 

It was not immediately known when the district first became aware of the conflict or the process to fill his seat. The next School Board election is in April. 

OC Mom November 15, 2011 at 09:47 PM
It took two and a half years to figure out that having someone who works as coach in the district shouldn't be on the school board? Teachers, aides, anyone employed by the district isn't allowed to be on the school board so why was Gilmeister? Definite conflict of interest from the start! I also completely agree with Steve that Sheryl Cerniglia is the best choice to fill this position. Her agenda is helping students in this district achieve their potential - plain and simple.
Mary Becker November 16, 2011 at 02:58 AM
I agree that Sheryl would be a great replacement!
oc supporter November 17, 2011 at 04:07 AM
There is more to this story to be told. The situation is not as simple as presented in this article. Hopefully the real story will be exposed.
oc supporter November 17, 2011 at 04:25 AM
I agree. The conflict of interest that was allowed to go on for so long negatively affected many kids and their families. Some adults need to step up and act based on what is in the kids' best interests rather than worrying so much about catering to members of the board.
Tom Miller February 08, 2012 at 08:53 AM
I agree with you! Hopefully the real story will be exposed!

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