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Lincoln-Way D-210 board receive bids for land, approves inspector general policy

NEW LENOX – The Lincoln-Way District 210 board received bid results at Thursday’s board meeting for three properties the district is trying to sell.

The board also approved a policy for an independent inspector general and a four-year agreement for the purchase of electricity, and tabled an item regarding school fees for the 2017-18 school year. 

In November, the board approved selling three parcels of land: 71.9 acres at 191st Street and Harlem Avenue in Tinley Park, 100 acres at 16462 W. Manhattan Road in Manhattan and 78.18 acres at 13125 W. Smith Road in Manhattan.

The minimum bids set for the three parcels of land were met by three bidders, said Taryn Atwell, district spokeswoman, in an email. 

She stated that the three bids were $4.5 million for the 191st Street and Harlem Avenue property by Woodman’s Food Market; $1.25 million for 16462 W. Manhattan Road by Spiess Farms; and $701,500 for 13125 W. Smith Road by the Manhattan Park District.

Regarding the inspector general board action, Superintendent Scott Tingley had proposed the idea of an inspector general for the district to investigate allegations of fraud or inappropriate activity to help with audit findings on lack of fraud prevention or detection. 

When asked whether the district has determined an agency or law firm that might serve as the inspector general, Atwell said. 

Under the policy approved by the board, the superintendent will recommend the appointment of the independent inspector general and the board will have final approval. The appointment will be for a two-year period expiring June 30 of the second year.

Among the requirements of the inspector general is not having a “personal or business relationship with any school board member.” 

After concluding an investigation, the inspector general will submit a confidential summary report containing a description of any complaints, information and recommendations to the board president, superintendent and appropriate department leaders. 

If the inspector general determines a possible crime has been committed, they will have to notify the authorities. 

The four-year electricity purchasing contract with Direct Energy approved by the board will save the district about $600,000 over the duration of the contract, according to the district. 

The long-term fixed price contract would also allow the district to budget “more accurately for the next [four] years,” according to a Feb. 10 memo from Rich Wilkey, the district’s buildings and grounds director. 

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