Letter: District 86 should consider 2 campuses, 1 school

The Aug. 18 Hinsdale High School District 86 Board meeting was a good exhibition of democracy in action but will be long forgotten, like most board events. Since 1995, the United States lost its No.1 ranking for the best high school education in the world, and has been sliding down ever since then. This fact will never be forgotten.

The current board majority was elected by a majority of District 86 voters to carry out their stated goals, and they have communicated to all in a clear and transparent fashion, including the board’s latest offer for a board/teacher contract agreement. It is not how much more money teachers need, given a board offered cost-of-living increase, but if their want for additional money is now satisfied, as presented by board President Richard Skoda. If not about money, a contract agreement exists today.

It is a fact that money does not make for better teachers or produce better student outcome. Teachers are paid the same at both Central and South, but student outcome is very different. The entire board needs to deal with, and solve that issue, hopefully following positive proven examples set by both the New Trier and Lyons Township high school districts. Both have one graduating class, two campuses, freshmen/sophomore at one, and junior/senior at the other, with one slight variation.

One unified District 86, and one equal education for all students in the feeder schools now, and future generations to come are very worthy attainable goals that can be accomplished. Why not?

Roger J. Kempa

Darien

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