ETHNICITY, Bonnie Libka calling a student "Negroid" [D209]
To: Ms. Weir
CC: Mrs. Libka, Mr. Patch, Board of Education Proviso Township High Schools
From: Keisha Coleman
Re: Racial comment never investigated
In November 2005, I reported to Ms. Weir that Mrs. Libka made inappropriate comments to me. Mrs. Libka and I were discussing students that frequently visit the Career Center. Mrs. Libka proceeded to describe the student (name redacted) to me. Mrs. Libka described him as being short and having “Negroid features”. I questioned her about her comments and expressed my concern with her use of racist comments. I reported the incident to Ms. Weir and forwarded documentation to Human Resources. Mrs. Libka admitted to making the comments but did not apologize to me for her racist comments. I was very offended by her choice of words. It is clear that Mrs. Libka lives in a segregated time period. I have repeatedly reported incidents to administration that have been ignored. Mrs. Libka’s behavior is unprofessional and has been ignored by administration because of her relationship to Robert Libka, CEO of Proviso Township High School. Is this type of behavior tolerated at Proviso Township High Schools District #209? [emphasis added]
I've heard a variety of ethnic labels, slurs and adjectives, but I can't recall anyone ever using the word "Negroid".
For background, Keisha Coleman was recently suspended without pay for two days. She is appealing the discipline. It is clear from the documentation Coleman provided me that she has a poor relationship with her supervisor, Bonnie Libka, the wife of District 209 CEO Robert Libka.
Coleman's appeal was recently reviewed by Superintendent Phyllistine Murphy. Coleman's union representative is Tom Smith. Smith and Coleman were told that the next step for the grievance was to be considered at Monday's board meeting. Then Smith left town (for vacation?). After Smith became unavailable Coleman was told that her grievance had to be reviewed by Robert Libka before going to the board of education.
The collective bargaining agreement provides for a superintendent review. Coleman feels that adding a post superintendent review before going to the board is a violation of the contract.
IMO, it's kinda goofy to have Robert Libka review a grievance against his wife. I would think he'd ask to be out of the loop on Coleman's grievance because of the appearance of impropriety. Plus, it isn't exactly a huge issue.