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Bolingbrook PTA Members Think Principal's Resignation Has Run Through the 'Spin' Cycle

A petition drive and show of support rally for Bolingbrook Principal Michael White is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Friday at Bolingbrook Fire Station No. 5.

When the announcement was made that Michael White was resigning as Bolingbrook High School’s principal at the end of the current school year, many insiders were quick to sing his praises.

The thing about the timing of the announcement—made on Friday afternoon, Jan. 17 and first reported on Patch—is that many in the community suspect Valley View School District officials released the news heading into the MLK holiday weekend in an attempt to spin the story and work a bit of damage control.

Count Lynn Wypych in that group.

She is president of the Bolingbrook High School PTA and has one daughter who attends the school, Gabby Gentile.

Wypych’s reaction to the White resignation announcement mirrors that of the reaction shared by many others in the community.

“I am appalled to learn Mr. White has resigned,” she said. “He has made a difference at this school and has changed the behavior at the school so now the students can learn.”

White is in the middle of his second year working as Bolingbrook High School’s principal. He came to Bolingbrook in July 2012 after previously serving as principal at Ann Arbor (Mich.) Pioneer High School.

Why would he leave so soon? Many feel like he is being shown the exit door by members of the school board and Valley View School District superintendent James Mitchem because of differences in opinion over issues ranging from curriculum to personal evaluations.

Count Wypych in that group—and fellow Bolingbrook High School PTA member and parent Colleen Douty.

“I do know there was a change in math curriculum that was handed down from the top with little input from the high school,” Douty said. “Also, Mr. White (along with teachers) had many ideas of programs for school improvement that were shot down with little feedback.

“According to conversations I’ve had with Mr. White, he feels without support from the Ad-center, his ability to further improve the school was near impossible.”

Douty and Wypych have worked with others in the community to organize a petition drive and get-together from 5-9 p.m. Friday in the community room at Bolingbrook’s Fire Station No. 5, 1900 Rodeo Drive. The intent is to rally support for White and encourage residents to attend the Jan. 27 school board meeting because, as Wypych said, “it is important that our voices be heard on this very important subject.”

The board meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Valley View School District Administration Center, 755 Dalhart Ave., Romeoville. Wypych is encouraging community members to wear “white” clothing, just as she said members of the Bolingbrook High School staff did on Friday in a show of support for White.

“I strongly believe—as do others—that Mr. White was forced out,” Wypych said. “If allowed to do his job, I think he would be willing to stay. He wants to finish what he started.”

As PTA president, Wypych has advised residents to make their feelings known—via comments on Bolingbrook.Patch.com and on a newly created Facebook Page Support Mr. White!

“The fact is BHS has a reputation for being a school that you should be worried about,” said Douty in a letter to residents. “Over the past few years, I have been approached hundreds of times by parents concerned about sending their child to BHS because of this reputation.

“This year, however, the overwhelming response from new parents has been, ‘I’ve heard Mr. White has really made a difference. I feel so much better about my kid going to BHS next year.’ If Mr. White leaves, I believe the progress we’ve made will be lost and what a shame that will be.”

Douty adds one final thought at the conclusion of her letter, aimed at “those of you saying to yourself, ‘Thank goodness I don’t have a kid at BHS.’ "

“What happens in our VVSD schools affects every single person in this district,” she said. “The success of our schools has a direct correlation to property values and the growth of businesses. Everyone is a stakeholder in this situation.”

YOUR TURN: Do you think Bolingbrook Principal Michael White resigned on his own accord? Or do you think he was forced out? Let us know in the comments feed below.


Love the brook February 06, 2014 at 09:09 AM
This is no movie and BHS is not in any way close to the way that school was. As far as it goes not having a male role model in your life. Sorry to hear that it seems to be the norm these days but if you want your kids to go to a school that is this way take your kids out and sign them up for military school.
Do what is right for the kids February 06, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Love the brook, one has to assume that your kid is a trouble maker and that is why you believe Mr. White is a bully. Sorry you don't instill discipline in your home and because of that your kid gets reprimanded at school. Mr. White doesn't accept unacceptable behavior. Why do you think students should be able to do whatever they want at BHS without getting in trouble? Maybe you are the cracked out old lady who spoke at the board meeting.
Love the brook February 06, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Really. My kids know right from wrong. My kids are not troublemakers and have never been suspended. You must not know how to be a parent if you need some one else to discipline your kids. Do a better job yourself. I can see by the way you talk your kids are not and you are one of the parents that needs a baby daddy. Mr. Whites not it. And I am a business owner and a grown man. Not a crack head woman. If you followed this post you would know.
Do what is right for the kids February 06, 2014 at 10:16 AM
So you want BHS back to the way it was before Mr. White? You want fights in the halls? You want teachers to have to focus on behavior issues rather than teaching? Seems like Mr. White fixed all of that, wouldn't you agree? What business is it that you own?
Love the brook February 06, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Listen the school board will put someone in that is a fit. Start teaching your kids right from wrong be apart of their life's. Than you wouldn't have to be worried about this. Right. Right.
Do what is right for the kids February 06, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Do you actually believe the stuff you write? The school board has put in multiple principals during the past years and none of them were a good fit. Again, what business is it that you own?
Love the brook February 06, 2014 at 11:07 AM
What is it of your concern what businesses I own. You should focus on your children. And getting them a male role model.
dabrooklongtime February 06, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Love the Brook....the school board and admin you are so supportive of allowed a child to return to BHS who held a knife to a teachers throat in middle school, and most recently pulled the trigger on what he admitted to believing was a loaded, real gun...pulled the trigger while holding it to a teacher's head because he wanted a C instead of a D. It's not about disciplining our own kids its about having administration in the building and at the ad center who discipline the one's who cause a threat to our "good" kids, like yours. In the past kids could fight using locks from gym lockers, etc and return to classes the next day to brag about it because they were given Alternatives to Suspension to "keep them in school" instead of "throwing them on the street" as Dr. Mitchem proclaims Mr. White does. Did you know in the last 3 months 9 alumni of BHS have been in the Bolingbrook Patch Police Beat for major crimes? All of them I happen to know are kids who were given ATS by Dr. Mitchem in their time at BHS and "saved" from expulsion for major acts of violence. 5 of them were involved in the shooting that took place 3 weeks ago in the community that put us in lockdown after school...guess keeping them in school w ATS really "saved"them. No it actually taught them there are no consequences. Ironically enough the advocates of Dr. Mitchem at the board meeting are also largely parents of kids who no longer attend BHS and when they did were horrific with academics and also were major discipline issues. Dr. Mitchem fights for the underdogs which is admirable but does so at the cost of running a safe and academically rigorous school for the majority of the population which are good kids.....
Do what is right for the kids February 06, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Love the brook: According to your stellar logic, we shouldn't need police officers either? As long as people do a better job at home, there is no need for authority? You bring absolutely nothing to the table.
Love the brook February 06, 2014 at 02:13 PM
So dabrook having Mr. White there did what when this student did that. Oh ya nothing at all. It doesn't matter who is in his position things happen. As long as parents do their job with kids crap like this wouldn't happen. And if people like DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THE KIDS would stop looking at the Princapal as a baby daddy. And actually get involved with their kids instead of make excuses like they have no father. We would all be better off.
dabrooklongtime February 06, 2014 at 02:22 PM
love the brook....you lack all sensible logic...I said nothing in regard to Mr. White solving the problem...although he did willingly put himself in harms way to unarm the student last week...more than I can imagine Dr. Mitchem would have done. My point is the people you confidentally boast can put a "good fit" in for principal are the same people who allowed the bb gun student to remain in our schools as opposed to being expelled when he put a knife to a teachers throat in middle school...might be since his dad and mom are friends of Mitchems, mom works in the BHS cafeteria and dad is a pastor and friend of the Mitchems.....hmmmmm....I'm sure the student who now has two counts of using weapons with intent to harm teachers is a "good fit" for a public school.....if you run your business with the same logic you debate I'm guessing it's not a very successful entrepreneurship.
dabrooklongtime February 06, 2014 at 02:23 PM
*confidently*
Do what is right for the kids February 06, 2014 at 02:37 PM
Why are you constantly thinking about baby daddy's? We are a two parent family in the district. So that has nothing to do with it. I am just happy that we finally had a principal who carried out on rules that help keep our students safe and allow teachers to teach. It's clear as day that that is not what you are looking for out of a principal. It's amazing that the vast majority of the student population and the staff have nothing but the utmost respect for Mr. White. It's the troubled kids and the trashy parents that are backing up Dr. Mitchem. It's actually comical that Dr. Mitchem called people to go to the board meeting and speak on his behalf. Did you notice the type of people who spoke for him? Trashy people who used the race card(which by the way makes no sense as both Dr. Mitchem and Mr. White are the same race).
Hunniebee February 06, 2014 at 03:22 PM
Do what is right... EXACTLY... Not one single thing of clear understanding has been brought to the table so let's ALL stop responding to the obvious ignorance.
Hunniebee February 06, 2014 at 03:25 PM
Sometimes you just have to take ignorance for what it is. It can't argue with anyone if no one responds to it. And opinions are like hands and feet EVERYBODY has them.
Betty Fractal February 06, 2014 at 04:00 PM
Does anyone know why Monday's board meeting has been moved to Luckancic?
dabrooklongtime February 06, 2014 at 04:54 PM
Betty, my understanding is that the people who have brought light to many issues plan to regularly attend meetings from this point forward therefore a larger space is required to fit the stakeholders who are planning to attend all board meetings moving forward.
Jim George February 07, 2014 at 12:48 AM
It's an issue when they're cutting aides to the elementary school but give themselves a bonus
whatsgoingon February 07, 2014 at 04:39 PM
Queen EdwardsFebruary 06, 2014 at 08:16 AM .......Queen E, love your comments, 100% with you. I hear people complain about the acheivement gap, kids who don't behave, and lack of role models. Now that we have "a strong black male" running the school, being a roll model not just for black boys, but all boys, teaching students how to meet expectations and how to act socially they toss him out. Not sure if I can figure out the issue Mr Mitchem has with Mr. White other than the only conclusion most intelligent people would come up with; Mr White has done at BHS what Mr. Mitchem couldn't accomplish in his 6 years. everyone stay involved.
Love the brook February 07, 2014 at 07:34 PM
Whatsgoingon really a strong black man haha sounds like you picked the wrong one to have kids with and you too looking for a baby daddy. Black history month at its finest right here.
Hunniebee February 07, 2014 at 07:37 PM
Please don't respond to the ignorance....
Love the brook February 07, 2014 at 07:42 PM
It's not ignorance it's the truth I'm so sick a people looking for him to be a father cause they don't have one. Get over it and OMG he's black so he has to be a roll model for the BLACK BOYS. Really unbelievable
Hunniebee February 07, 2014 at 08:06 PM
Your opinion...AND...It's "ROLE" model.. My point exactly ignorance.
Hunniebee February 07, 2014 at 08:08 PM
And in case you didn't know ignorance simply means "not knowing"... You don't live in anyone's house so you have NO idea what ppl are really thinking or feeling about ANYTHING. Stay in your lane. May God Bless you and your family in the best way possible.
whatsgoingon February 08, 2014 at 01:09 AM
Love the Brook.....you are so far off base Dude!!! There are your first two hints. I'm not black, Dude and I'm not female. note I said a role model for all boys. Lots of whites out there not doing their job raising "good citizens" or keeping their kids in line.
whatsgoingon February 08, 2014 at 01:14 AM
"Looking for him to be a father"? Really? Look at the stats, 40% of all children born now a days are to single mothers. I'd say there is a need for a "strong male role model" for a lot of kids of different colors.
Queen Edwards February 08, 2014 at 03:22 AM
THANK YOU!!! I can NOT stand ignorant individuals that ASSUME the worst about people's lives based on ethnicity. As long as that principal actually WALKS THE WALK, making a difference to help improve children's lives...THAT'S WHAT MATTERS! That's what Mr. White AND the VVSD Teachers have to do EVERYDAY...FOR ALL KIDS! Kids near adulthood need a solid foundation at home AND school, even if the school rules for kids to follow seems too harsh to some parents, it's to HELP your child to be PRODUCTIVE in this world. After high school, it's off to college and/or work. No one wants to work with LAZY BUTT IRRESPONSIBLE person. The type of adult a child becomes, does start at home, but also involves the environment at school. ****I'm grateful and thankful that not only my mom (whom is disabled, was a hard working and educated nurse that I helped take care of since I was age 12 due to her strokes), including my grandparents (that live in Bolingbrook since 1970s)...helped mold me into a hard working and educated woman, ALONG with some staff from VVSD that cared enough to motivate and correct me.****
Queen Edwards February 08, 2014 at 03:34 AM
IT DOES TAKE A VILLAGE TO HELP RAISE A CHILD CORRECTLY. It's no guarantee that kid will be productive, but it's WORTH THE TRY. Its sad to hear a guy, who's my age and attended BHS, state: "NOBODY CARED, so I dropped out of school"! He can't even teach his own kids basic math and reading.
Colleen February 13, 2014 at 02:30 PM
For those who want answers, I recommend we all call the Regional & State Board and demand an investigation into the actions of the Superintendent & BOE. Below are the numbers: Will County Office: 815-740-8360 Shawn Walsh Regional Superintendent FOIA Officer swalsh@willcountyillinois.com Frank Perucca Assistant Regional Superintendent fperucca@willcountyillinois.com State Board: Contacting members of the State Board of Education: Email: kgallowa@isbe.net State Board of Education members do not have offices at the Illinois State Board of Education. Fax: Faxes may be sent to the attention of State Board Members at 217-785-3972 State Superintendent: Dr. Christopher Koch Springfield office: 866/262-6663 Chicago office: 312/814-2220
Greg Cutler February 13, 2014 at 03:01 PM
He was definitely forced out. I am not sure how the school board can argue with Mr. Whites incredible success.

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