Letter: Our 2 school boards differ on how to negotiate

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”— Charles Dickens.

This perfectly describes the current situation in our two school districts. Congratulations District 181 on a professional and timely negotiation of the teachers contract. However, it seems the worst of times are ahead for District 86. Negotiations have become a public duel.

Last week, Board President Richard Skoda released a statement containing inflammatory comments about the teachers’ negotiating team, an unprofessional move. I cherish our community, including our schools and highly regarded teachers. I am insulted Skoda has chosen to portray them as the enemy. These teachers are our neighbors, friends and fellow taxpayers. As a Hinsdale Central alumna, would I have considered Linda Hurt or Tony Paris an adversary? Or more recently, do you believe Chris Wilbur or Michael Smith are in it for the money? They are dedicated professionals and have proven multiple times their biggest concern is our students.

I encourage people to stay informed. It’s important to separate fact from fiction as the District 86 Board releases statistics trying to convince us they are working in the community’s best interest. One may be lulled into believing these elected officials are acting on our behalf and protecting us from a “greedy union.” Look closely at the facts and it will be easy to determine who is working to deliver excellent educational opportunities. Based on the past actions of this board, they resemble a group enjoying a power trip more than individuals elected to serve their constituents.

Sue Pircon

Hinsdale

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