Lake Forest Parent Wants Superintendent, 3 Board Members Out
He intends to form coalition to determine best path to take in District 67 controversy.
Lake Forest resident Michael Beacham found out Monday night that trying to organize a grassroots movement could have its obstacles.
Beacham, who stood up and spoke twice to the District 67 Board of Education and Superintendent Harry Griffith at Sunday's first meeting with parents, got up before the start of Monday night's meeting and told the packed room that he was circulating a petition to organize a group with one goal in mind:
"Our ultimate goal is to force the resignation or termination of the superintendent as well as the three legacy board members who were left from that time” in 2009, Beacham said.
The Board of Education approved John Steinert's resignation as principal of Deer Path Middle School principal Sunday after new information came out last Thursday in a Chicago Tribune article detailing his misdemeanor harassment by electronic communication conviction in 2009. The charges against him included allegations of sexually graphic text messages, voicemails and a lewd photo sent to a 22-year-old Lake Forest College student, who was an intern with the Lake Forest Police Department.
By the end of the meeting, after parents and community members had voiced their anger over how the Steinert's case was mishandled by Griffith and the Board of Education, Beacham discovered his petition had disappeared.
No matter. Parents were coming up to him after the meeting and giving him their email addresses for future communication.
"We’re trying to mobilize and put together a group of people who have the knowledge and skills in order to figure out how to move forward to get accountability out of our board and superintendent," Beacham said.
Beacham said after speaking Sunday, he was inundated by parents and community members interested in doing more.
Their challenge is in determining what is the best path to achieve that accountability.
"We are a bunch of people who are like-minded, but we don’t know the educational or legal system well enough in order to know how to proceed," he said. "We're going to put together people who can work to figure that out."