By: Diane Benjamin
We don’t know what happened in the Unit 5 School Board secret meetings that caused Coach Hess to resign. Some have questioned if the football coach at Normal Community resigned for the same reason.
If paying assistant coaches had anything to do with it, I just received the emails where it was authorized at high levels back in 2015. I don’t know a lot of these names since I don’t live in Unit 5 and my kids did not attend school there. I’m leaving it up to the concerned citizens to read these and figure out the real story.
These are emails from 2015 discussing payments from the boosters to Normal West for coaches: FOIA-Part 1
These are emails from November and December of 2017 questioning payments to coaches: FOIA-Part 2
Since the meeting is tonight, I want you to have this information. People who know the situation need to read these and let me know. It certainly appears payments to assistant coaches was a problem.