Some students not aware or worried about Hinsdale District 86 negotiations

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Teachers outside Hinsdale South High School on June 2 | Kimberly Fornek/Sun-Times Media

The Hinsdale High School District 86 Board meetings and social media have been abuzz with remarks about the ongoing teacher contract negotiations.

But some students are not even aware of the rhetoric and anger swirling around their school district, while others are not worried that it will affect them.

“I never heard anything about it,” said Joe Martino of Hinsdale, a senior who will attend Hinsdale Central High School.

Colton Ables, a senior from Willowbrook, and Haneen Kawasmeh, a sophomore from Darien, said they are aware of the contract negotiations, but the Hinsdale South students are not concerned about them.

“I don’t think it’s going to affect us,” said Matt Guglielmo, a freshman from Hinsdale.

Ravali Thinnaturan, a sophomore from Westmont, admitted she doesn’t really know what has been going on.

“I heard that teachers want to go on strike,” she said, adding she doesn’t have sufficient information to take sides.

“I’d be interested to learn more,” she said.

Paden Guido, a junior from Hinsdale, was aware of contract problems at the end of last school year, but she forgot about the topic over the summer.

“There are some kids who are really upset about it,” Guido said. “I was thinking of reading more about it.”

If the contract is not signed soon, there could be tension once school starts, said Kiran Khatau, a Hinsdale Central senior from Oak Brook.

“I don’t think the classroom would be an appropriate place for teachers to share their opinions about this, but they have a right to tell students how they feel. I don’t know where else they would do that,” she said.

Marie-Paul Moukiama of Willowbrook said she is aware of the contract issues because she saw the teachers picketing June 2. But she does not expect the teachers to bring their problems into the classroom.

“If they do, the problem has reached a point where they want to bring us into it,” Moukiama said. “That would make me feel kind of uncomfortable.”

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