Board president’s vote supporting Madison police in schools reviewed

MADISON (WKOW) – The Madison School Board will review whether the board president violated ethics rules when she cast a crucial vote in support of a contract with the city to keep police officers in the school district’s four high schools.

“The board takes its responsibility under its ethics policy seriously,” Board Vice Chair Kate Toews says.  “Under that policy, the board is responsible for monitoring adherence to the code of ethics and will do so in this case. We will move quickly to ensure that responsibility is met.”

A complaint against Board President Gloria Reyes maintains the board’s ethics code barred Reyes from voting on the district’s contract with the city because she is employed by the city of Madison, and the city is a district vendor in receiving payment for the police services.  City officials say Reyes has been employed by the city since 2002, and is paid $122,000 in her current position as a Community Development Specialist.  Reyes assumed that position in April.

The school district continuing to contract with the city for the educational resource officers (EROs) has been controversial.  The school board voted 4-3 to approve the contract.

Tony Galli

Tony Galli

Reporter, WKOW

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