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Minooka teacher, target of alleged racist remarks, to leave district

Alvin Lewis
Alvin Lewis

The lone black faculty member in Minooka High School District 111, who reportedly was the subject of alleged racist remarks made by a former school board member, is leaving the district.

Alvin Lewis served as a physical education teacher and coach for two years in the district. He announced on his Twitter account that he was taking a position as dean of students at West Aurora High School. District 111 spokesman Brent Edwards confirmed Lewis’ departure.

“Thank you MCHS for welcoming me for the past two years,” Lewis wrote. “I thank the students for loving me as an educator, staff for helping me grow and the community and families for trusting me with your children!”

Toward the end of the school year, several Minooka students and parents became upset over rumors that Lori Lakota, a school board member, said she did not want a black educator teaching her children at a meeting in February. Lakota called the rumor “lies” and “fake news.”

At a May 21 school board meeting, hundreds of students, parents and teachers came to voice their opposition to the alleged remarks and the resignation of Ronald Kiesewetter, the school’s popular principal. They also were there to show support for Lewis, who received a standing ovation.

One of the main complaints many students had was a lack of diversity. Superintendent Kenneth Lee confirmed the district had only one black faculty member and one black staff member.

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