Wednesday, February 17, 2016 || Originally Published: Forest Park Review || || 2/16/16 || By Matthew Hendricksen
Donnie Boyce, the former Proviso East High School boys basketball coach and member of the school’s security staff, will get his jobs back after being terminated by the District 209 Board of Education a year ago.
According to school board President Theresa Kelly, Boyce will also receive wages for the time he was unemployed by the district. Boyce was fired in February 2015 after video footage surfaced that allegedly showed him choking a female student during a December 2014 incident at the school.
The incident was investigated by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Child and Family Services. No charges were ever filed against Boyce.
Proviso East locker room rehab tops $300K
At the Proviso Township High School District 209 board meeting on Feb. 9, school board President Theresa Kelly said the board approved for a plan to replace lockers in several locker rooms at Proviso East over the summer.
The board has pushed the district’s administration to address the poor condition of the locker rooms at several recent meetings, calling the conditions unsafe for students.
According to board documents, the school board and the state-appointed financial oversight panel disagreed about taking action on the locker rooms at a joint session in October.
The school board asked for upgrades to the locker rooms, but the financial oversight panel did not want to make changes to the building until a master facilities plan for the school was complete, which could take several years.
Over holiday break, the district’s staff and architect reviewed the locker rooms and determined a new plan to upgrade the locker rooms with new lockers and benches, but with fewer lockers than before. The financial oversight panel agreed to the scaled-back plan, according to a memo to the board.
The district’s architect was working on drawings to bid out the project at the time of the meeting, according to the memo.
Documents for the project provided to the district on Jan. 18 by Legat Architects listed the estimated cost of the rehab plan for Fieldhouse C, Building F and Building B at $317,652.66. VFP