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Letters: No trust among District 86 board majority

Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 1:00 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

One year leading Hinsdale District 86 School Board, majority members Manley, Corcoran, Casini and Skoda have made numerous bad decisions affecting our fabulous high schools. With our highly regarded teachers in contract negotiations with this school board, I have great concerns.

Did you know that in spring 2013, the board majority forced then-Superintendent Dr. Wahl to rescind salary offers to nine new teacher hires who had accepted the district’s written offer, lowering their salaries by $3,000 - $12,000?  Would you trust this majority?

Did you know that Board President Skoda sent a media statement to the public June 2 that other school board members had not seen? Board members Kay Gallo and Jennifer Planson objected to the inflammatory content at the board meeting that same night. The document was produced by taxpayer-funded staff at District 86 promoting the majority’s divisive agenda. Would you trust this leadership? 

Did you know a majority member made negative statements about our teachers in a public (FOIA release) email? Corcoran stated, “The Teacher’s Union has delivered a demand to bargain and is aggressively pushing for a levy increase with no basis other than self interest... There are large numbers of unemployed and highly qualified teachers, so it should be obvious to anyone that we should not be paying above market wages with taxpayer’s hard earned money.” Would you trust this member to negotiate with valued teachers?

Not voting has serious consequences. In April 2013, we saw 10.8 percent of Cook and 18.1 percent of DuPage County’s eligible voters turn out. The disastrous result: a new District 86 board majority whose decisions have adverse results. Now they are responsible for negotiating with our highly-regarded teachers in our award-winning schools. Are you concerned? You should be.

Eileen R. Meyer

Hinsdale

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