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The Chicago school board last month voted to seek reimbursement for $300,000 in repairs to a community center run by the mother of the board's president.

The community center was housed in a building it had leased in "as is'' condition from the school board. But, despite this lease provision, the board in 1992 authorized spending $170,000 to repair the building's leaky roof, and district workers did an additional $130,000 in unauthorized repairs of water damage.

The expenditures on repairs were especially controversial because the community center was run by Illa Daggett, the mother of the school board president, D. Sharon Grant. (See Education Week, Jan. 12, 1994.)

The board voted to ask the community center to repay the funds and to pursue litigation if it refuses.

Vol. 13, Issue 31

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