Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

March 26, 2013

School board member pleads guilty to stealing signs


AVON — A school board member here has pleaded guilty to removing political signs from private property, a class A misdemeanor.

Kim Woodward was running for re-election to the Avon School Board last fall when she admitted to removing three signs from a private property and returning them to Michael McGuire, who had made them in reference to what he called a "spouse abuser" employed at the time by the Avon Community School Corporation.

Woodward, who won re-election, admitted on her Facebook page to removing the signs. The "spouse abuser" in question had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge involving a physical altercation he had with a woman he was living with at the time. Woodward wrote on Faceback that while she didn't condone his actions, he posed no threat to students or fellow employees of the school corporation.

She also wrote that McGuire crossed the line with the signs because he put the man's name on them.

"It has gone from the angry ramblings of a 'concerned citizen' to stone thrower, in my opinion," Woodward wrote.

Under a pre-trial diversion agreement, Woodward must submit a written apology to McGuire and pay $270 in court costs and fees.