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Letter to the Editor: District 15 Schedule Changes

Palatine resident and District 15 parent of two, Lisa Beth Szczupaj writes about the proposed "Wednesday Late Start Program" and resulting communication and activities in opposition of the idea.

I would like to take a moment to keep you up to date as to the activity in District 15 in regard to the proposed "Wednesday Late Start Program".  

A number of local parents have commenced a call and letter writing campaign on this topic.  Many parents are quite upset about this and feel that Scott Thompson has not represented the parents and children in this issue but has simply chosen the easy route in doing whatever the teachers' union wanted with no input from stakeholders or communication as to the motivation behind the decision.  

Following repeated requests for an opportunity to voice our concerns, Mr. Thompson has agreed to host an open discussion on this topic on Saturday the 26th of January from 9 - 11 AM in the Board Room at Sundling.  The volume of people in attendance will certainly determine whether the voice of the parents and children in our school district are taken into consideration. Mr. Thompson has also preliminarily indicated a willingness to conduct a survey prior to that date to hear opinions on the matter.   

The parents with whom I have been communicating understand that an agreement has already been made to grant this concession. We are asking that the proposed late start be modified due to community opposition. The community proposes that the time be granted as an early dismissal of students on Friday afternoon as this will have a lesser and more controllable impact on working parents in District 15, will upset the weekly schedule of the children to a lesser degree and is more amenable to at home parents.   

A letter was sent to Superintendent Scott Thompson, Deputy Superintendent James Garwood, North Suburban Council PTA President Julie O'Hara and all members of the District 15 School Board.  Contact information for CTC Teachers Union Preseident Lisa Nuss and Executive Director Anne Bridges has been unavailable. We understand we cannot stop this from happening but we can certainly join together to leverage that the agreed upon day be changed from Wednesday to Friday and the late start be an early dismissal. 

Lisa Beth Szczupaj 
Palatine Taxpayer & Mother of Two 

Editor's note: Letters to the Editor are presented as they are originally submitted by our readers. Palatine Patch neither agrees nor disagrees with the opinions presented. 

Mae January 12, 2013 at 05:27 AM
I completed the survey that I received today. There was no option for no change or teachers stay late. You had to list 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th. Between late arrivals and early dismissal. I chose only early dismissal 1st and 2nd and it went through and made my comments on the bottom. I still think the teachers can work until 4:00 one day per week. I also signed the petition. Please pass it on through email and facebook to collect the desired number of signatures. You can copy and paste the above.
Lily 123 January 13, 2013 at 06:20 AM
I don't think we should fill out the survey if those times/days don't work for us at all. It just gives them data to use to make sure it is only one of those options. I will go to the meeting, but I will not fill out the survey.
LS January 13, 2013 at 08:26 AM
Lily- please make sure to sign the petition and pass it on to all D15 taxpayers. The point of the petition is to open the conversation on other days and times. In order to do this we will need hundreds of signatures. Thanks!
Sub-Bus January 14, 2013 at 01:33 AM
This agenda along with the outsourcing of the school bus drivers, in which they received two bids on January 10th are hot topics to be discussed at the upcoming open Board of Education meeting this Wednesday, January 16th 2013 at 7 pm at Walter Sundlling Jr high, 1100 N Smith St, Palatine. You People REALLY need to go to this IMPORTANT meeting concerning the students and parents of school district.15.
D B L D January 15, 2013 at 03:16 AM
shame on Thompson he brought this mess to our schools. This issues should have been brought to the taxpayers prior to any changes to the contract If the parents/students don't want it and the teachers don't want it WHY EVEN CONSIDER IT

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