School board appointee asked to quit: has kin on payroll

CLEVELAND (AP) - The mayor asked one of her initial school board appointees to step down because two of the appointee's relatives work as teachers in the district.
Mayor Jane Campbell said she was concerned that Andres Gonzalez, whose wife and father are teachers, would face possible conflicts of interest.
The mother of a second board member, Willetta Milam, also works for the district, but Milam was allowed to keep her seat after her mother agreed to resign.
Gonzalez, 29, was appointed instead as co-chairman of a commission that is monitoring spending in the district's $1.5 billion construction program.
Campbell, the business community and a parent group assembled a panel to nominate new members for the district's nine-member governing board. Campbell said Friday the panel failed to ask applicants whether they have relatives working for the district.
"They didn't ask and he didn't tell," she said. "My biggest problem is with the nominating panel. This will never happen again."
Richard DeColibus, president of the Cleveland Teachers Union and one of eleven members of the nominating committee, said having family working for the district wasn't reason enough to force Gonzalez to resign.
"That's all the more reason to keep him," DeColibus said. "He can get firsthand information on how the district operates."
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