Harrisburg School Board asks president to step down

By Arnold Wyrick - bio | email

HARRISBURG, IL (KFVS) - The Harrisburg School Board votes unanimously to ask their board president Todd Fort, to resign.

The 6-0 vote by board members came on Tuesday evening during a special board meeting.

"It's purely a desire to move on," said Tom DeNeal Vice-President of Harrisburg Unit 3 School Board.

"Our concern is that Mr. Fort will not be able to serve in his capacity as a school board member for the foreseeable future," Deneal said. "Obviously incarceration at this time prevents him from serving."

Fort has held the president's seat for the past five years and he's overseen a lot of changes in the school district.

But, now board members question, if Fort was to bond out of jail whether he could do his job.

"We have some doubts as to whether or not he will be allowed around young people if he does get out of jail.  So therefore this could drag on for months," said DeNeal.

Which he points out could hamper the boards ability to conduct school district business.

"We have no legal power to remove an elected school board member, only the regional superintendent of school can do that," DeNeal said.

"We are simply asking that Todd would consider the resignation and allow us to get on with our business," Deneal added.

In the meantime Todd Fort remains behind bars in the Jackson County jail on a $250,000 bond. He faces accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

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