Parents worry building project will be biased

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MAHOMET — Parents in the Mahomet-Seymour School District are upset because the district may be keeping someone around they thought would be gone.

Superintendent Rick Johnston decided to retire, but now the school board says it’s been toying with the idea of bringing him on as a building construction consultant.

Parents say they worry this will be a conflict of interest, and he may continue to influence school matters.

“We want this new superintendent to say, ‘Okay, let’s talk to the teachers. What does the building need to look like, and what are some different things that maybe haven’t been considered or listened to that can be implemented?’ But when you have an existing person there of such stature, I think that’s difficult,” said parent Cheryl Mitchell.

School Board President Max McComb says, “No formal discussion regarding potential options has taken place, and when it may become appropriate, it would be a discussion/action item at a public meeting.”

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