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Letter: Hinsdale District 86 Board majority promotes divisive political agenda

In recent newspapers nearly identical letters decried “Illinois-style union politics” in relation to school board business. The letters echo the themes, nearly verbatim, of open letters written by new Hinsdale High School District 86 Board majority members who say they appreciate teachers while attempting to demonize the teachers’ union as though.

The Hinsdale High School Teachers Association is made up of the very teachers these writers claim to appreciate. Our members include award winning librarians, Golden Apple Teachers, state champion coaches and teachers of the year.

When Central guidance counselor Carol Bobo openly shared her concerns about new board majority changes, the board president at the time tried to discredit her opinion by emphasizing her union membership. It is true that Bobo is a member of the teachers’ association — just as is every teacher in District 86. Bobo has also been a teacher and guidance counselor at Hinsdale Central for nearly 35 years, is a state championship swim coach, is a Central alumna and is a life-long resident of Hinsdale. Bobo’s credentials are impeccable and embody the district’s tradition of excellence. But the only rebuttal to her concerns was the character attack of “union member!”

The teachers’ association was formed in 1957, well before teacher unions were the norm. Harvey Dickinson, for whom Dickinson Field at Central is named, was an award winning athletic director, coach and teacher. He was also the first president.

It’s time members of the new board majority and their supporters focus on our students and maintaining the district’s tradition of excellence and stop promoting such a divisive political agenda.

Kathy Wynn Saylor

Association president 2008-2014

Darien

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