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Washington Local school board meetings this week will provide the first indication for how controversial board member Patrick Hickey will respond to a formal call by his colleagues that he resign after Michigan State Police confirmed they reopened a criminal sexual conduct investigation into the former superintendent.

The board meets Tuesday and Wednesday, with Tuesday’s meeting dedicated to a performance review of district Treasurer Jeff Fouke. The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting was not publicly released Monday afternoon. While board President Tom Ilstrup said there are no formal items on either Tuesday or Wednesday’s meeting agendas regarding Mr. Hickey, he expects it will come up.

“It's not on there, but I certainly believe that it will probably be a point of discussion,” he said.

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During his 2017 school board campaign and the weeks after his election, Mr. Hickey often turned to social media to respond to or get in front of stories about his conduct, either through his personal social media accounts or that of supporter Jeremy Baumhower. But he’s made no public statements regarding the board’s Feb. 1 vote to call for his resignation.

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Mr. Hickey did not return a message left on his cell phone Monday requesting comment. Mr. Ilstrup said he has not received a response from Mr. Hickey regarding the request that he resign, though he does expect Mr. Hickey to attend at least one of this week’s meetings.

Michigan State Police confirmed in January it has reopened a criminal sexual conduct case officers were looking into in 2016 regarding Mr. Hickey. A 2016 police report shows a woman told an investigator she had sex with Mr. Hickey when she was 14, and he was her coach and teacher at Addison High School in Addison, Mich., more than two decades ago.



Mr. Hickey resigned from the Addison district in 1990. He has denied wrongdoing.

Mr. Hickey has been banned from district property since an altercation at a basketball game in 2016, and his 2015 separation agreement with the district already had limited his access to campus. Board meetings have been temporarily moved off district property to accommodate for his ban, but the motion to move meetings only lasted through March; failure to extend the move would effectively bar Mr. Hickey from the board.

The board doesn’t have authority to remove Mr. Hickey, but board members have said they viewed his resignation as the best way for the district to move forward. State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D., Toledo) added to the public pressure on Mr. Hickey to quit in a letter published Feb. 15 by The Blade.

Without Mr. Hickey making his intentions clear, the board is left in a holding pattern. While board members expressed hope earlier this year that they could work together, the police investigation and the board’s reaction to it has scuttled that optimism.

“We didn't all agree, but we were cordial with our comments in the conversation,” Mr. Ilstrup said. “I was hopeful that would be the case going forward, but given the events of the last month, I'm certainly not sure that's the case.”

Both Tuesday and Wednesday’s meetings are at 6 p.m. at Conn-Weissenberger American Legion Post 587 on Alexis Road.

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This story was originally published February 20, 2018 10:52 AM.

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