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Proviso Probe

Thursday, March 16, 2006

ETHNICITY, Bonnie Libka calling a student "Negroid" [D209]

Memo

To: Ms. Weir
CC: Mrs. Libka, Mr. Patch, Board of Education Proviso Township High Schools
From: Keisha Coleman
Date: 3/14/2006
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.

24 Comments:

  • Ms. Coleman is an asset to the Career Center at Proviso East. She took students on campus trips, and held informative presentations in my classroom. Ms. Coleman deserves better.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:21 PM, March 16, 2006  

  • Deserving better would imply a transfer to some other position within the administration. But isn't her background specific to career center operations?

    I mean the Center is only staffed by the two of 'em. Added, Libka is the superior. So who's gonna go if a reconcilation (which looks highly doubtful) cannot be achieved?

    I bet Coleman is young and lacking in the kind of subtle skills that would have contributed to her avoiding this mess. Too bad.

    She might as well move on and chalk this one up to experience.

    By Blogger Oyez_Oyez, at 7:04 PM, March 16, 2006  

  • Proviso East Teacher:
    The point is Ms. Libka said racial empithets and has not apologized. Are we missing the point here or what? Why would her husband handle this situation? It seems like politics as usual at Proviso!

    Ms. Libka is known to make insensitive comments about Blacks? Has anyone done anything, no! She now has her husband to protect her.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:29 AM, March 17, 2006  

  • Carl,

    Are you aware that Ms. Coleman was suspended today and will be transferred to the special education department?

    Mr. Libka passed this down on the advice of the schools attorney. I find this to be highly interesting because this is not proper procedure. Being that Libka is the CEO, the decision should have been rendered by Phyllistine Murphy. Now that this has transpired in an incorrect manner, a lawsuit is soon to follow.

    Now, let's look at the bigger problem. A problem bigger than the racial bigotry and insensitivity displayed by the Libkas.

    Our School board attorneys have found other forms of kickbacks.

    By giving advice that is incorrect and making the environment ripe for a lawsuit, the lawyers can now bill for the time they have to work on the case. Therefore, increasing their billable hours and taxing an already financially strapped District. This is happening in District 88 as well as District 209.

    I find it highly irresponsible to allow this type of behavior to exsist. We cannot expect the board president Mr. Welch to cease and desist with this type of behavior when he is doing the same thing as the board attorney for District 88.

    Any thoughts?

    By Anonymous The Negroid Speaks, at 1:11 PM, March 17, 2006  

  • This comment is for Oyez, Oyez. Why should the young lady "chalk this one up to experience." To my understanding Mrs. Libka is the CEO's wife. Also, it is extremely suspicious that the CEO is handling an issue dealing with his wife. Isn't that a conflict, when Proviso has a Superintendent? What does the CEO do anyway?

    And also, is it fair that Mrs. Libka receives no type of discipline or warning from the principal or board. If I was this student's parent I would be really upset. I wonder how would Proviso react if it was a Black teacher saying something racially insensitive about a White student or Latino student. HUMMMMMMMMMMM? Maybe, fired or suspended! This is the type of stuff that makes the news!

    Also, I have had nieces and nephews graduate from East and they always talk about how the conselors mess their classes up and don't send their papers off to college on time, and they lose stuff. I believe one counselor, Ms. Wear, was caught sleeping in her office. I think that Proviso needs to have their staff go through some type of race sensitivity training. Why not? Corporations make their employees have race sensitivity training. The population of the teachers, counselors, and deans does not represent the population of students. Both schools NEED MORE Latino teachers and more Black teachers that can relate to the students. It seems that don't even try to hire Latinos for positions in the building. How is the staff relating to the students by using such insensitive and ignorant comments? Definitely not by saying that students have Negroid features? I heard of Negroid features in a scientific textbook from the 1940's, but this is 2006. Shouldn't Mrs. Libka know a better way to describe a student.

    What is a Negroid feature? Well, according to Mrs. Libka, I guess Angelina Jolie has Negroid features, because she has full lips. I guess her husband has Negroid features because he has a broad nose. The bottom line is that she was insensitive with her choice and use of words, and she needs to apologize.

    I wonder how Mrs. Libka would describe a Latino, Asian, or an Anglo-Saxon student. This example just goes to show the community who and what Proviso hires. Principals cursing at faculty and career counselors using inappropriate racial descriptions.

    After pondering on this issue, I think I am going to forward this incident to the newspapers and new stations. This is more serious than it seems.

    By Blogger 209sucks, at 5:21 PM, March 17, 2006  

  • Gosh, this incident supposedly happened in November, 2005 and it still hasn't been "investigated", prompting Ms. Coleman to send a memo to Ruth Weir (Guidance Dept Chair) finally now on 3/14/06??? Either Ms. Coleman has the patience of Job, or the timing of this memo (exactly one week before election day) may have more to do with the Welch election than with Mrs. Libka per se. Make Welch (209 Board Pres) look bad; make Theresa Kelly (Coleman's buddy?) look good.

    By Blogger randy, at 7:20 PM, March 17, 2006  

  • Randy what sense does that make Coleman making Welch look bad and Kelly look good. Did you ever stop to think that Welch already looks BAD.

    By Anonymous March is here & counting, at 12:00 AM, March 18, 2006  

  • Well it seems that the principal, Ms. Weir or Mr. Libka did nothing in November because they were protecting Mrs. Libka and scared shitless of Welch.

    Randy, have you ever thought that Welch and Mr. Libka are protecting his wife? Why did the district do anything when this was brought up in November. I am sure this has been going on for a while! Also, was his godmother(Principal Wallace) cursing teachers out a plot also? I don't think so! I just think Welch has put some really dumb people in positions and it is coming back to haunt him!

    By Blogger 209sucks, at 10:24 AM, March 18, 2006  

  • Proviso Township will now face another law suit! Damn, you would have thought that they learned from Trombetta! See you in court idiots! Oh, Libka and Welch see you in the JAIL.. WE KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER! :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:30 AM, March 18, 2006  

  • Ms. Coleman has been a cancer since her arrival to East last year. She has challenged the authority of all in the building and does not have to follow a contractual schedule.
    She is scheduled to work until 4 but tends to leave anytime that suits her. Many in the building call her the "phantom".
    She always uses the "race card" to cover up her inadequacies. If she cared so much about the students, why than is she filing a lawsuit against the children and taxpayers of the community. Who is truly the evil one hear!!!!!!!!

    Ms. Weir is fair, hardworking and committed to the students. She always oversees the counselors and is working to improve the level of competency in the office.
    She is very sensitive to the needs of the students.

    Mr. and Mrs. Libka our part of the community(living in Maywood 25 years) and have invested time and energy toward the success of all connected to District 209.

    Ms. Coleman is able to do whatever she wants. She leaves early and cannot be challenged. She wears tight clothing and has been observed on many occassions talking on her cell phone during working hours. I thought students were not allowed to use cell phones in the building!
    Bottom LINE>>>> Coleman for President!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:40 AM, March 20, 2006  

  • TIRED OF THE LIBKAS SAYS>>>>>>>>>>>

    Anoymous 7:40 A.M. is Mrs. Libka! Everyone knows this is a comment from you. Apparently you have problems with strong Black women who question your unethical actions. Mrs. Libka in her years of service has done NOTHING to help the Black students at Proviso East. Also, the LIBKAS don't live in Maywood anymore. THEY did not even send their kids to PRoviso East. Also, you and your husband moved out of North Maywood because it was getting to BLACK for you religous Lutherans. How can you be religious and LIE SO MUCH! What college fair have you done to help the Black students at PRoviso?

    Also, Ms. Weir is known for losing information and sleeping in her office. Ms. Weir is protecting Mrs. Libka because one they are friends and two they both don't belong in a predominately BLACK school, because they have done nothing to help the Black children at East.
    Mrs. Libka this past comment sounds so much like you. DId you tell the community that you messed on your self and walked around all day smelling like garbage!
    Also, Mrs. Libka smells like feces. Her breathe and body reeks daily of a foul ordor. So you should throw stones at others because how they dress. Mrs. Libka I hope the new Board majority next year sends you and your DUMB husband packing to the Lake in the Hills. YOu FALSE LUTHERANS will go down!

    Also, I heard your husband is going to school on work time. I guess he gets to do what he wants. HuH? By the way who paid for his schooling. And what do you do at the Maywood Rotary meetings. Be careful you might be followed next time! HOw much money has rotary given to Proviso East students. If you don't live in Maywood, then why do you attend Maywood Rotary meetings. Answer the questions MRS. "Stinky Breathe" LIBKA! It seems that you get to do want you want, but a BLack woman can't! You and your husband are in the closet RACIST PIGS!

    Can your husband say EMBELLZELLING! CAN YOU SAY TAKE A BATH!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:25 AM, March 20, 2006  

  • I wish that people would stop picking on the Libkas. They are outstanding people who have done great things for Maywood. Even though they are flunkies for Welch and do whatever he says, this does not make them bad people. The Libkas have served Proviso Township and done nothing to help the Black students there, but they are still good people. They are true Lutherans, but they may lie and state false statements. But does that make them bad people. No that makes them politcal HACKS! Don't continue to badger the Libkas, because if they are true religious fanatics then the Lord will judge them. I know the Libkas to be righteous liars and undercover racist. This blogger should leave them alone and let them rot in hell in peace.
    Mr. Libka is only defending his racist wife. Why shouldn't he; he goes home to hear fret about her job daily. I would give my wife anything she wanted also. But know Libka must pay the price in court. But does that make him a bad person for standing up for his racist wife!

    Leave the Libkas alone; they are the ideal couple at Proviso. They are made for each other.

    By Blogger BonnyL, at 11:36 AM, March 20, 2006  

  • There is so much sickness in some of the comments about Bonnie Libka that I pray she never sees them. I will not comment on the relationship between Mrs. libka and Ms. Coleman becaue I do not have the facts but I will comment on some of the other statements from someone who did send all three of his daughters to Proviso East (and they got only a "fair" education in the 1980's)despite being in the honor programs. They got a worse one in District 89 which was a joke then, at least at Lincoln. They were all generally bored. Back to Proviso, I have a student teacher there now and the two classes I have observed they average only 50% of enrolled students present on a given day (Walther Lutheran which is over 60% minority students averages 90 to 95%!!)this is a travesty and I would say a good third of those who were there were totally uninterested. I have had student teachers at Kelvyn Park, Farragut, Wells and a number of so-called inner city schools and only two, in my opinion, Orr and Best Practices had as poor attendance, lack of discipline, inattention in the classroom as poor, poor Proviso East. I am writing this late on election eve so my comments are not intended to have any effect on who people vote for. Students at Proviso, and there are many great kids there, and faculty, and there are many good to great faculty members, all deserve better BUT, contracts and jobs is not going to help one Proviso kid get a better education!!! Finally, the comments about Rotary are so uninformed, why not ask instead of accusing, and if you do not like the answer, then react negatively. Rotary's 1.2 million worldwide members organized into 30,000 local clubs always have a combination of members who live and/or work in the community that the club directly serves. Our Maywood club over the last 10 years I have been a member has sent, at mostly our expense, about 30 Proviso East students all over the world as part of a summer youth exchange program. This is only ONE of many, but the most costly, of programs that Maywood Rotary sponsors that directly or indirectly help Maywood young people. Mrs. Libka is also the sponsor of our Interact Club in the high school which is like a high school Rotary Club which raises monies for local and international service projects. I have gone on too long but one thing I do agree with, whatever the issue is between Mrs. Libka and Ms. Coleman, CEO Libka should not be involved in the decision-making.

    By Anonymous Gary Woll, at 9:23 PM, March 20, 2006  

  • Mr. Woll did you hear what Mr. Libka said at the board meeting tonight. Well, he basically said that poor income students are more likely to be behavior problems. Does that sound racist to you? So, before you defend the Libkas you need hear their racist comments and how they act at Proviso. I am sure you would not want to be associated with anyone that feels that way about low income children black and latino.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:23 PM, March 20, 2006  

  • dave says: There are a few people (teachers incuded) at Proviso who feel they can come in and leave whenever they want. Last year Dr. Baker tried to come down on some of the teacher tardies. I think what they're doing now is just giving habitual tardies 1st period free. We really don't know the whole story about Ms. Coleman. 1. Who is her clout? 2. Does she indeed leave early and use her cell phone during school? 3. Why was this matter not resolved in Nov.? 4. Did Ms. Libka really use the word negroid (where the hell did she dig that word up)? 5. Could it be that both parties are a little bit guilty?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:20 AM, March 21, 2006  

  • I want to apologize to the Libka family and all others I have offended on this site. At times I have a problem with people in authority.I guess my insecurity as an individual has been a weakness all my life.
    I should feel blessed that I have been able to enjoy employment in such a top-notch district.
    I should not judge other races and claim others smell.
    I feel I have a very negative attitude towards people who serve our children at the school. There are so many competent and caring teachers at our school.
    I should not call individuals fake Lutherans!!!
    I should not throw stones until I examine my life. It is obvious I do not love myself!!!!

    K.Coleman "pink lady" say it, but don't spray it"

    By Anonymous k. cOLEMAN SAYS...., at 5:47 PM, March 21, 2006  

  • This past comment from K.Coleman sounds like Ms. Burrell acting like K. Coleman. Ms. Burrell is the known HOE of Proviso Township. I am sure men are putting garbage bags over your head. She is really sore on the eyes!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:46 PM, March 21, 2006  

  • The DICK LIBKA says..........

    I know how dumb my wife sounds, but people have to understand that my wife has been a racist her whole life. SHe can't help it, she learned it from me. I am always saying dumb stuff before I can think about it. So to everyone out there in the community, please leave the Libkas alone. We are not changing and we are in Proviso Township to stay. Black people are to dumb anyway to realize how horrible my wife and I really are. As for K. Coleman, I plan to have her fired because I am the CEO and I can do that. CEO means Chief of Everything Orange. That's right I run everythnig that is Orange in Proviso. Do you think Welch would give me any other position, STUPID as I am. The LIBKAS are taking over Proviso, and BLACKS are to Dumb to realize it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:54 PM, March 21, 2006  

  • a friend of gary woll comment

    Gray Woll you need to wake up and smell the coffee on your prized couple the Libkas. They have definitely fooled you and the parents and students of Proviso Township. Are you in agreement with the deceitful and unethical things he does and says as CEO of Proviso Schools? Will you still claim him as a friend if you knew what really goes on behind closed doors. Welch has Libka under in finger nail. You know the character of Welch, which is of a liar. Now if Libka is such a man of character how can he play by a liar's rule. It seems that the Libkas true colors have just come out and people like me and you were being tricked the whole time. But we have been tricked before, remember Moore and Welch deceived us not to long ago.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:01 PM, March 21, 2006  

  • I think all of you should be finding more important things to deal with at Proviso than the he say, she say mess. Believe me, I know both parties and Ms. Coleman is no saint, neither are the Libka's however, if people did what they were paid to do and stay out of other people's business, perhaps the children could have a better education, which is the ultimate goal, remember? Both parties are liars and I do know this first hand. If you don't feed into garbage, you don't have to worry about getting dirty.

    Now, that Karen has won, let's focus on getting rid of all the unnecessary administrators hired. Elimation of half the administrators could drastically reduce the deficit Proviso has.
    Ms. Coleman, for everything, there's a time and a season. You needed to be moved.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:47 PM, March 21, 2006  

  • Mr. Patch needs to be moved. Now what again did he do in District 88?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:48 AM, March 23, 2006  

  • I think the teacher's union prez needs to move on. How much did Welch pay her to pipe down and hide under a rock?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:22 PM, March 27, 2006  

  • Ne·groid (ngroid) Anthropology
    adj.
    Of or being a major human racial classification traditionally distinguished by physical characteristics such as brown to black pigmentation and often tightly curled hair and including peoples indigenous to sub-Saharan Africa.

    What did she say that was so wrong?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:33 PM, April 30, 2006  

  • Sorry, but it's true: Negroids stink like a dead body. That's a common fact. I've heard it in West Point, where I've made my General-Diploma. They even stink worse, when they're dead (Luckily, for us). Sad, but true, you cannon-fodder.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:10 AM, July 12, 2006  

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