Dr. Moyer Cancels Jackson Elementary Parent Meeting
Amid Fear of ‘Uncivil Discourse’ from Deranged Parents
by Dave Noble, City News Editor
ELMHURST – Unnecessarily shouldering the blame for something no one could have predicted, District 205 Superintendent David Moyer told reporters Monday morning that all options to back out of a promise he made earlier this year have been exhausted and that he is regrettably left with no choice but to recommend the addition of a fourth section of third grade at Jackson Elementary School after a family with an 8-year-old child had the audacity of moving to Elmhurst six weeks into the new school year.
Burdened by his heroic pledge to hire another teacher if any third-grade classroom reached 30 students at the elementary school for underprivileged Elmhurst children, Moyer apologized for not producing a viable excuse for reneging on the verbal commitment he made in May to a room full of Jackson parents.
“At this point, it looks like we’ll have to bring in another teacher,” said Moyer, who stated that hiring a classroom assistant, creating one “mega-class” of third graders and rooming all of them in the school’s gym, or simply cancelling third grade at Jackson were some of the alternative solutions he considered before authorizing a job post aimed at attracting the very best of viable candidates still looking for a 2017-18 teaching gig. “Regrettably, I didn’t see any indication that this would be an issue.”
Following the school district’s vision statement to create a highly-collaborative and relationship-driven culture, the superintendent called for a meeting Monday night between the parents of third graders at Jackson and the school’s principal for the purpose of discussing possible alternatives for living up to his word. But Moyer was forced to cancel the meeting once it became clear that parents were incapable of engaging in civil discourse.
“There were too many people questioning whether or not we would reach this likely outcome,” said Moyer, referring to the reaction of parents who started a petition to ensure that Jackson’s current third grade class sizes of 29, 29 and 30 students would be broken into four sections. “Any time you have parents who are this involved with their children, it potentially puts me and my staff in the awkward position of being held accountable for our words and our actions.”
The school board is expected to approve the hiring of a new teacher when they next meet on October 10th.