Letter: No trust in Hinsdale District 86 Board majority

One year leading Hinsdale High School District 86, School Board majority members Claudia Manley, Edward Corcoran, Victor Casini and Richard Skoda have made bad decisions. With our highly-regarded teachers in contract negotiations with this team, you should be concerned. Here’s why:

In spring 2013, the board majority forced then-Superintendent Wahl to rescind salary offers (made by the previous board) to nine new teacher hires, lowering their salaries by $3,000 to $12,000. Would you trust this majority?

Did you know that board President Skoda sent a media statement to the public on June 2, that other School Board members had not seen? Board members Kay Gallo and Jennifer Planson objected to the inflammatory content (comparing our teachers to Karen Lewis and the Chicago Teachers Union) at the board meeting that night. The document was produced by taxpayer-funded staff at District 86 promoting the majority’s divisive agenda. Would you trust this leadership?

Did you know that a majority member made negative statements about teachers in a public email? Stating “There are large numbers of unemployed and highly qualified teachers, so it should be obvious to anyone that we should not be paying above market wages with taxpayer’s hard earned money.” Would you trust this member to negotiate teacher contracts for our nationally-ranked schools?

NOT voting has serious consequences. In April 2013, we saw 10.8 percent of Cook and 18.1 percent of DuPage County’s eligible residents vote. The results are disastrous. Now this majority is negotiating with great teachers from our award-winning schools. Are you concerned? You should be!

Eileen R. Meyer

Hinsdale

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