The teachers will deliver a petition with more than 500 signatures to board of education

BEACH PARK – More than 300 people are expected to attend the Beach Park District 3 Board of Education (BOE) meeting this evening to show their support for removing Superintendent Craig Doster from his position.

The Beach Park Education Association (BPEA) has collected more than 500 signatures on a petition to remove Doster from his position. BPEA President Susan Kinsman will deliver those signatures to the BOE at this evening’s meeting.

“Enough is enough. We are losing quality teachers, staff and principals because of the bullying, harassment and intimidation from Superintendent Doster. He has to go,” Kinsman said. “The school board takes an oath to do what’s best for students. We are asking them to act immediately and remove Doster from the district.”

While Doster has been working in District 3, the following has happened:

  • 20 middle school teachers resigned;
  • The entire Information Technology (IT) Department quit over ethics concerns;
  • Four out of five principals left.

“We’ve made it through two incredibly difficult years of a pandemic, and I honestly thought things couldn’t get any worse, but Dr. Doster has somehow found a way,” said Kinsman. “He’s created a toxic environment at our schools. Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions. They deserve better, and so do we.”

At the last District 3 BOE meeting on April 11, BPEA members successfully convinced the BOE to table discussions around possibly extending Superintendent Doster’s contract. Doster’s contract expires in 2024.

BPEA represents about 160 teachers who serve nearly 2,000 students.

Tonight’s school board meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Kenneth Murphy Elementary School (11315 W. Wadsworth Rd., Beach Park).

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At 135,000 members strong, the Illinois Education Association (IEA) is the largest union in Illinois. The IEA represents PreK-12 teachers outside the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty and support staff, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.