I have attended many Hinsdale High School District 86 Board meetings over the years, but I have never seen the incivility that I have recently witnessed from certain board members at these meetings. This does not bode well for our district, nor, more specifically, for the teacher contract negotiations that are going on this spring.
In those contract meetings, I implore the board members to remember that they are representatives of a community that prides itself on its excellent schools. That excellence is evidenced by the high standings our schools have achieved on recent rankings, both state and national. We, the community, understand that this reputation is due to the fine educators that have been so carefully selected for our district in an intensive hiring process. Many District 86 teachers have doctorates or close to it due to their hours of coursework taken to improve their teaching.
The enviable reputation of our schools will not be helped by the board’s hiring of expensive business staff, but by insuring that we keep the excellent teachers that we now have. The resignations of the superintendent and both schools’ principals in the last year makes it even more critical that we support the current educational staff and their decades of experience in this district. My message to the board is that our teachers are professionals who deserve to be treated as such, both in their dealings with the School Board and in their salaries and benefits.