Letter: Crisis created by School Board in Hinsdale District 86

I am a teacher who retired from Hinsdale High School District 86 after 34 years of service and one who has no personal stake in the current situation.

This is a crisis created by the School Board. There is no financial catastrophe prompting the evisceration of the teachers contract and the drastic reduction of salary and benefits demanded by the board. And in the current financial climate, there has already been a major correction in teacher salary/benefits. But does the community know that board President Richard Skoda has a six-figure teacher pension and benefits that no longer exist for today’s educators? He is, quite simply, a hypocrite.

This is the real tragedy: what is being lost in good will on the part of the faculty is immeasurable. How can teachers be expected to continue to go beyond contractual requirements (a mere fraction of what they do) in this climate?

Many fine teachers and administrators have left or have declined to work in District 86. And although the board has claimed numerous times that quality teachers are abundant, numerous positions have not yet been filled for this school year because it is well known that our district is in trouble.

The high property values in this community are directly related to the excellence of our schools. And yet, less than 20 percent of the eligible voters in the community votes in the school board elections. It’s time for the voters in this community to wake up.

Terry Meyers

Retired teacher

Former Vice President

Hinsdale High School Teachers Association

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