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DeKalb School District 428 residency probe to finish in 2 to 3 months

DeKALB – An investigation into the residency of DeKalb School District 428 students, which was prompted by a lawsuit filed in October, is expected to wrap up in the next 60 to 90 days, district board President Victoria Newport said.

The suit, filed by lawyer Michael Coghlan in the U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois in Rockford on behalf of a DeKalb resident identified as “John Doe,” claims that about 1,000 enrolled students do not live in the district, which costs taxpayers about $7.5 million a year.

In response to the suit, the board approved residency checks on about 20 percent of its students by an expert law firm representing the board, Rockford-based Hinshaw and Culbertson LLP. Newport said the investigation is in its third phase.

“Once the investigation is complete, it is the intention of the board to publicly disclose the statistical findings of the investigation,” Newport wrote in a statement read during Tuesday’s board meeting. “The board appreciates the concerns raised by the public concerning the residency issue and requests your continued patience while the investigation is completed.”

Because of the pending litigation, Newport did not comment further on the investigation.

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