Letter - No excuse for lack of new teachers contract in District 181

Many in the community began the school year with attending curriculum night in District 181. We were welcomed by enthusiastic, caring, smart professionals who excel in the craft of teaching.

We entrust these teachers each day with laying a solid foundation of academic excellence. We relied on these same teachers to guide us all through a global pandemic and expected our tradition of excellence to continue. It did. Yet, as we begin the 2023-24 school year, teachers in 181 are working without a contract and federal mediators are already involved. Teachers were in this same spot four years ago.

Let’s be frank, many of us moved here because of the school district. Period. Board of education, let’s get this done, so our teachers can keep their focus where it belongs, on our children and in the classroom. — Nancy Eich, Hinsdale