Group trying to enforce ban on newly elected school board member

WASHINGTON TWP. (13abc Action News) - Newly elected Washington Local School Board Member Patrick Hick's future on the board could be in jeopardy before his term even begins.

Local citizens are teaming up to make sure a ban to keep him off school grounds stays in place.

A group of people have started an online petition urging the Washington Local School board to keep a ban against Hickey in place.

According to the petition, "For the safety of Washington Local staff and students, we urge current and future board members to keep Hickey banned from entering district property, aside from the Lincolnshire Administration Building."

Last Tuesday voters supported Patrick Hickey, giving him a spot on the WLS school board. But a group called Citizens for a Safe WLS started a petition, acknowledging Hickey won his spot on election day but they want the board to keep the ban.

The ban was created while Hickey was the superintendent. He was only allowed to visit the administration building on Lincolnshire.

The group sites multiple allegations of misconduct including inappropriate relationships with staff and harassment.

At the board meeting last Wednesday the board refused to discuss the election of Hickey.

At last check the petition had more than 15-hundred signatures.