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Letter: District 86 Board must negotiate in good faith

I was tempted to just sit back and watch the divisive mess Hinsdale High School District 86 has become from a safe distance. After all, the last of my three children graduated from Hinsdale Central in 2012. My family has already benefited from our fine public schools and my children moved on to college well prepared. We moved here for the schools and things worked out really well for us.

I suppose I could be pleased four members of the board are angry taxpayers serving for the primary purpose of minimizing their property taxes. If their taxes are slightly lower, so are mine. But such a short sighted view is terrible for the community. Good schools directly benefit residents with school age children and also support property values community wide.

This board has proudly set a combative tone with the zero increase tax levy, which provides taxpayers minimal savings. Now they can take their self-inflicted empty pockets to the teacher’s contract negotiations. The board is about to square off against (and insult) actual professional educators who spend every day with our community’s children. Will this lead to a positive environment for the district?

I encourage the board to negotiate in good faith with education as the primary goal. Hinsdale Central was a great experience for my family. I hope this can also be said by present and future Hinsdale Central families.

Paul Pedersen

Clarendon Hills

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