A HISTORY LESSON FOR DR. DONALDO BATISTE AND THE CURRENT WAUKEGAN DISTRICT 60 BOARD MEMBERS
See Spotlight on Deerfield District 109 article from 2012 http://ow.ly/CmZzm
The administration had rewarded themselves with hefty raises at the expense of teachers and also severely impacted the special education budget in favor of the gifted program.
The result was the formation of a strong parent organization that formed a political block that defeated incumbent board members at the polls. In addition, the Superintendent "retired" a bit earlier than anticipated due to community pressure to provide accountability for taxpayer funds.
The Superintendent and Board Members were initially unresponsive to their constituents.
The parallels with the current state of negotiations at WPS60 are cogent. Dr. Batiste and the Board need to take a direct leadership role to come to an equitable settlement to end the current teacher's strike and return the students to the classroom.
Looking out the window at Lincoln Center with curiosity at the picket line and not directly attending negotiations that should properly be headed by the Superintendent and General Counsel, Tom Morris, will not bring this matter to a proper conclusion. Delaying negotiations because hired gun Anthony Ficarelli is in court on an unrelated matter actually now saves the district $275 per hour for his services. Tom Morris, General Counsel already on the WPS60 payroll and former Ethics Officer for the District, is fully capable of taking his place as Chief Negotiator. This is a prudent use of taxpayer funds!
Let us know how much the cab fare is to transport you to the Union Hall so that we can reimburse you for expenses!