Thursday, August 24, 2006


The following story appeared in the Chicago Tribune.

Ex-school official must pay $40,000

Published August 24, 2006

SAUK VILLAGE -- A former Sauk Village school administrator was ordered to pay $40,000 in restitution this week after pleading guilty to one count of theft from the district. Former maintenance manager Edward Bernacki, who had been accused of stealing more than $100,000 from Elementary School District 168, also was sentenced to a year of probation.

Bernacki's plea comes on the heels of two other high-profile cases in the financially troubled district.

Former Supt. Thomas Ryan is serving 8 years after pleading guilty to theft in November. He paid $400,000 in restitution.

Former school board president Louise Morales pleaded guilty to official misconduct in February. She was sentenced to 18 months of probation and was forced to pay $350 to have her name removed from one of the district's buildings.

Copyright © 2006, Chicago Tribune

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