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Lakota vehemently denied the accusation. In her statement and in an interview on Monday, she accused former Minooka High School Principal Ronald Kiesewetter of "misrepresentation of facts and spreading rumors."
The issue stemmed from a discussion about hiring practices at a Feb. 14 board meeting, according to Lakota. The board discussed "staff demographics" and how they related to the district's strategic plan, according to District 111 records. Lakota said Kiesewetter suggested using staff demographics as a way to measure if the district was following its plan. Lakota said she questioned the suggestion.
In her statement, she recalled asking Kiesewetter, "How will knowing the demographics of the teachers tell us if we are recruiting, developing and retaining great teachers?" Kiesewetter did not respond, according to Lakota.
She also said there were "many contentious issues" between Kiesewetter and the board of education, although she declined to expound on what those contentions were.
Lakota said Mike Brozovich, the board president, told members at a March 14 meeting that Kiesewetter started a rumor she had made a racist comment.
"The entire board was in shock," Lakota wrote in her statement. She added the board, Superintendent Kenneth Lee and Assistant Superintendent John Troy, were all in agreement that no racist comment was ever made.