Letter: District 86 Board needs to replace retiring teachers

Recently, Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South received exemplary ratings in U.S. News, being ranked seventh and 34th in Illinois. These ratings are good for our students, our community and our property values. However, unless the current School Board majority’s scheme to sacrifice educational excellence in favor of reflexive “fiscal conservatism” is stopped, the excellence we have come to know and expect in District 86 will be a distant memory.

Not only did the current board majority (in a divisive 4/3 vote) pass a 0 percent tax levy, which will result in a $10 million dollar revenue loss over six years, the same faction is jeopardizing our children’s education by voting to cut 6.4 full time staff despite an increasing high school population. Due to this vote, Hinsdale Central will be down two full-time teachers despite a student body which is increasing by 67 students. Fewer resources and staff in the face of growing demand is not formula for continued success. The alleged economic justifications for these cuts are also a fallacy. In fact, this board has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in unprecedented administrative and business expenses in the name of “saving money.”

Don’t let platitudes of fiscal conservatism damage the excellent schools we expect and enjoy. With growing class sizes, the district should be adding, not eliminating teachers. Stop overcrowded classes and cancellation of curriculum before it’s too late. Contact Superintendent Bruce Law at boe@hinsdale86.org and urge the School Board to replace all retired teachers and staff.

Bob and Katey Arnold

Clarendon Hills

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