Geiger denies interest conflict on board positions

Bill Geiger, a candidate for the Evanston Township High School District 202 School Board, says he sees no conflict of interest between his position as CEO of the McGaw YMCA and his service on the school board if he is elected.

“I have earned a reputation of fairness and commitment to being a trusted partner with other organizations in our community,” he said in response to a query from Evanston Now.

“Were there to be a decision required of the ETHS School Board involving the YMCA,” he added, “I would recuse myself.”

Geiger said he has been asked during the campaign if a conflict exists by virtue of the fact that ETHS Superintendent Eric Witherspoon was a member of the McGaw YMCA Board.

He said that while he and the school board’s legal counsel do not believe that a conflict exists, “Dr. Witherspoon has chosen to resign from the McGaw YMCA Board of Directors effective Feb. 25.”

Geiger lauded Dr. Witherspoon’s service on the Y board, saying the ETHS official “has challenged me to be the best CEO I can be and has supported the work of the YMCA to be a stronger force for strengthening our community.”

By the same token, Geiger said that if he is elected to the ETHS Board, “I, too, will challenge Dr. Witherspoon and his team to be the best they can be.

“I’ll ask the tough questions that need to be addressed so that ETHS can realize its vision of excellence and equity and achieve its goals and objectives to provide a transformative experience for all students.”

Geiger is one of eight candidates for four positions on the ETHS Board in school elections slated for April 9.

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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