In response to comments made by former board member Dennis Brennan as to why Superintendent Nick Wahl left Hinsdale High School District 86 (Doings, Aug. 15, 2013), I would like to clarify some facts.
Brennan stated the new board was meddling in day-to-day operations and micromanaging. A retired teacher and parent made similar comments that simply were unfounded.
As a board member for eight years, I can share with the readers that the district rarely prepared reports of substance for analysis to the board, with emphasis on the latter years, 2010-2013.
If one refers to elected officials asking for reports and information related to taxpayer’s money micromanaging, then it goes to show, the taxpayers made a wise decision electing three new members. I would not suggest data gathering is micromanaging. This is their job!
Maybe the comment be stated: “The reason Nick Wahl left is because the old board’s lack of oversight, transparency and accountability led taxpayers to rise up and elect three new board members who have a different approach to how business should be conducted.”
Regarding the finance officer and principal, both submitted their resignations prior to the election, so blaming the new board is not fair. In my experience, people leave places when they are directed or because of controlling supervision and lack of freedom to grow.
Look for positive changes from this board. I salute them for finally having the ability to ask for in-depth reports while being accountable, transparent and fiscally conservative to the taxpayers.
Hinsdale District 86 Board member 2005-2013