East St. Louis officials make plea to state: Don’t abolish school board
SPRINGFIELD — East St. Louis school officials on Wednesday said they’re trying to cooperate with the state and not trying to undermine the state’s intervention.
They made their plea at a meeting of the State Board of Education, which on Thursday will meet again and decide whether to accept the advice of State Superintendent Christopher Koch, who is recommending that the East St. Louis District 189 school board members be removed from office.
“Please don’t be takin’ over da skoo bord and takin away our powa. We won’t be able to give no jobs and no contwacts to our bruthaz and sistahz and cuzzins and auntys.”
English translation: “I kindly request even to the point of fellatio that you not make our positions as elected school board members in East St. Louis superfluous. For if you do, we will not be able to abuse our positions of power and authority to grant sinecures to loved ones.”