Website rankles Hinsdale District 86 School Board
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:58AM
Darien — The Hinsdale High School District 86 Board will consider issuing a cease and desist order to the operators of a website critical of district officials and the way they present information.
The order would claim the website, www.hinsdalehighschools.com, makes unauthorized use of the school district’s name.
School Board member Richard Skoda questioned why the topic was included on the agenda for Monday night’s Board meeting.
Skoda said the board already discussed the website’s name and its content at a meeting a year ago. At that time, Skoda said, School Board President Dennis Brennan was the only person who wanted to challenge the website’s right to use Hinsdale high schools in its name.
“What has changed in the last year?” Skoda asked.
District 86 Superintendent Nicholas Wahl said Brennan, who was not at Monday’s meeting, had requested it be listed on the agenda. The agenda shows the action recommended is to authorize the order.
“It should come forward as a discussion item, not an action item,” Skoda said.
Board member Michael Kuhn, who was acting as board president, agreed with Skoda.
Board member DeeDee Gorgol said she had talked about the website with Brennan and she was not happy the website name suggests the information is coming from the school district.
Board member Kay Gallo said she did not support trying to stop the website a year ago, because it was not clear that the district could.
“The Internet is a lawless society,” Gallo said. “Have the laws changed?”
Gallo also questioned to whom would the district issue the cease and desist order, since the operators are anonymous.
The board voted to table the discussion of the topic until its committee meeting Sept. 10, when Brennan is likely to attend and can explain why he wants to reconsider the matter. .~