Residents Brave Elements to Sign Petition in Support of Bolingbrook Principal

A group of concerned citizens collected 391 signatures in support of Principal Michael White during event on Friday at Bolingbrook Fire Station No. 5, and that boosted their total to more than 1,000 heading into the weekend.

PTA members collected signatures on a petition to support Bolingbrook Principal Michael White Friday night. Credit: Lynn Wypch
PTA members collected signatures on a petition to support Bolingbrook Principal Michael White Friday night. Credit: Lynn Wypch

The callout was simple enough: Do what’s right, support Mr. White.

And, despite hazardous winter weather conditions, 391 people showed up to sign a petition supporting Bolingbrook Principal Michael White on Friday night at Bolingbrook’s Fire Station No. 5.

“There was always a continuous flow of people, and staff members were reluctant to be in any picture(s),” Bolingbrook's Lynn Wypch said.

One-by-one residents signed a petition that will be presented to the school board and Valley View School District Superintendent James Mitchem. Wypch said she will work with concerned citizens to continue to push the online petition over the weekend.

She said more than 1,000 signatures have been collected so far. The petition reads as follows:

We believe Mr. White does not want to leave his position as Principal at Bolingbrook High School. Rather, he wants to stay to see his vision come to fruition, but feels extremely limited due to the policies put in place by the district’s administrators.

“We feel he’s being forced into resigning or risk being fired. Mr. White came into a school that was out of control and very quickly took control. The difference was noted in a very short time.

“Students felt safer, which led to more instructional time and better focused students. There are fewer behavior concerns and an increase in academic achievement across the board. Teachers and students do not want him to leave.”

And the petition document concludes with this:

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our School Board and Superintendent to act now to refuse to accept Mr. White’s resignation and do what is necessary to keep him as Principal of Bolingbrook High School.”

The school board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Lukancic Middle School in Romeoville, 725 W. Normantown Road.

Love the brook January 25, 2014 at 09:10 PM
My opinion no wonder you support him your both bullies.
Love the brook January 25, 2014 at 09:21 PM
You can call it what you will and be like everyone else and only see your wife's experience. I'm very sure she has seen the way he yells and gets in a child's face. But you won't talk about that. He's a principal of a public school not a military school.
Spouse of a teacher January 25, 2014 at 09:26 PM
Love the brook - Since you are calling me bully (which I don't think I was) I will end on this note. I appreciate the dialogue that we shared and I hope you and your fellow parents who are opposed to Mr. White will attend the meeting on Monday (if there is one). Also, your children should be proud to have a father who stands for what they believe in. Once again, I appreciate the dialogue and wish your children the best luck the rest of the school year (1st and 2nd honors is tough)...GO CUBS!!
Love the brook January 25, 2014 at 09:46 PM
Spouse. I was speaking about my opinion not about you. I see your side. And I hope you see mine. The thing that worries me everyday is all these senseless school shootings because kids were bullied. My kids go there and I don't need to wait for a tragic event to happen before people see what's going on and decide to step in to help when it's to late. I am going to try and make the meeting. But either way I believe the choice has already been made regarding his future at BHS and I don't support him. The meetings not going to make a difference on the outcome that has already happened.
Pete Simon January 25, 2014 at 09:51 PM
Love the Brook. Since you can't give your name for fear of your children, please don't call out someone else because they fear the same. You are correct that all students deserve the right to learn, even the trouble makers as you call them. My opinion is that if Mr. White can turn one "trouble maker" around he is doing his job. I think in fact he has changed a few lives since his arrival. As you know life is tough and I believe he is getting them ready for the future. Times are tough. GO BEARS!! (there is always next year, again)
Disappointed Taxpayer January 25, 2014 at 10:37 PM
Love the Brook, Congratulations on having the type of children you do. Are your well behaved, and smart children Juniors or Seniors? If they are not, then they are lucky that the only Brook they have known is the one Mr. White is responsible for. I'm sure you'd be singing another tune if your children had been walking down the hall and wound up in the middle of a brawl that broke out in the hall. If your kids avoided certain areas of the school for fear of being BULLIED, harassed, or physically targeted. All of which were daily realities before Mr. White! If Mr. White must occasionally raise his voice or yell at a student who is causing problems or having problems in order to maintain the structure he has created, then it is necessary. It is not bullying. See the difference?
Cygnus-X1 January 26, 2014 at 12:08 AM
It's really irrelevant to get into what 'lovethebrook' is complaining about. Principal White isn't facing any trouble over his actions at BHS and would have another year to work in his position but wants so much to improve the school that he's willing to go through this situation so he can be empowered to make BHS even better than it is today.
Hunniebee January 26, 2014 at 08:44 AM
Bottom line Love the Brook.... If a person is unhappy about something then THEY should make the change. Take your bullied child(ren) out of the VVSD school district an you'll NEVER have to deal with any of these issues. Don't get worked up over other peoples opinion, you have every right to feel the way you do and if your so opposed to what's going on then leave this community that you claim to LOVE!!... People do it all the time.
Love the brook January 26, 2014 at 09:04 AM
Haha I'll say this again it's a public school not private or military. Some of you people are just ignorant to the fact he's a bully. But that's ok I'm leaving my last post on this on a happy note. Happy because Mr whites future won't be BHS. Have a great day hahaha.
Pete Simon January 26, 2014 at 09:15 AM
If being strict and and caring about the future and safety of our children is being a bully, then you are right, Mr. White is a Bully. I wish we had more "Bullys" like him in the school district. Have you ever noticed when a new subdivision is going up in the area other towns advertise "it's in school district 204 (for example)" but have never seen.... "come live here because of school district 365U"? Love the brook, I hope you have a great day as well and stay warm.
Reez January 26, 2014 at 09:20 AM
The school has a lot of good kids but in contrast to neighboring districts, it has a very large share of dangerous deviants, criminals, gang bangers and kids who don't care about their futures. You need someone to operate that place like a military school if you want to keep the innocent kids safe.
BCD January 26, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Love the brook, You seem like a good guy. Try to dig deeper. Its going to be another magic trick. What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes
Unhappy teacher January 26, 2014 at 09:55 AM
Love the brook--please don't speak for teachers at BHS. I personally do not know a single staff member that feels the way you do. You can't ignore that the majority of children and adults feel more safe as a result of Mr. White being our principal. Also, you state that your child was yelled at, but you don't talk at all about what happened when you had a conversation with Mr. White about the error he made with your student. Frankly it doesn't sound like that conversation never happened and that you went straight to the district administration. Hmmm.
Beth January 26, 2014 at 11:24 AM
All you have to do is read the teacher and student comments in the many articles and Facebook pages....Mr. White has changed things for the better....it's obvious some people can't handle looking at their own children's behavior and admit their kids were obviously not making good choices.
Disappointed Taxpayer January 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM
Based on the content and excessive use of hahaha in many of the previous posts, it's pretty obvious that the poster has a somewhat immature nature. Pretty good bet that it's not an adult expressing those views, if I am wrong, I apologize.
Disappointed Taxpayer January 26, 2014 at 12:54 PM
Reez, in response to your post. A couple years ago BHS student rolls decreased. The reason for this decrease was that a suprisingly high number of enrolled students were found to be non-residents. This is an issue that was never properly addressed to the residents of Bolingbrook. It seems that our schools were receiving kids that had been expelled from "other" Public School Systems. Ask yourself, How does that happen?
Lynn Wypych January 26, 2014 at 01:39 PM
Despite the fact that school is cancelled, the district website says that the Board meeting will take place at Lukancic Middle School at 7 p.m. tomorrow-Monday, January 27, 2014. I hope to see you all there.
Unbelieveable January 26, 2014 at 02:37 PM
To 'Love the Brook'. Since Mr. White has been a LEADER, by example, at BHS, I have yet to speak to a staff member who is afraid to talk to him. No staff member fears Mr. White. BHS staff, teachers, etc. always feared a previous principal and did so for years. BHS has the support of Mr. White. I grew up with 'tough love' and appreciate this type of discipline by Mr. White. AMEN!
kindalikell January 26, 2014 at 03:17 PM
People that talk about Mr. White that never worked with him should shut up. I'm sure no men ever had a problem with him just lazy ass single mothers who think no male especially a black male should teach there child about respect, promptness, responsibility,proper dress attire, etc... Love the Brook is a PR person for the district!
Tristan January 26, 2014 at 09:07 PM
I just read on a Facebook post that in addition to Mitchem's $100,000 raise, Romeoville proncipal Derek Kinder received a $30,000 bonus. How can this be? Can anyone confirm this?
BCD January 26, 2014 at 09:17 PM
The greatest magic trick is yet to come. The fact that nobody sees it yet is hilarious. A small part of me knows it's wrong, but still wants them to pull it off.
Cirrock January 26, 2014 at 09:23 PM
Love The Brook. Wow I dare you to walk the halls of of our schools. You wouldn't last a week.
my opinion January 26, 2014 at 09:28 PM
Mr White truely believes that all children can learn regardless of color or ethnic heritage. He expects the best effort from all students. As most parents of teens know, teenagers need and want boundaries. Mr. White knows this, and is willing to step up and fill in for the parents who either choose not or don't know that they should be setting boundaries.
Resident January 26, 2014 at 11:14 PM
If you look at the emergency closing listing on channel 5 website it lists about 5 other schools that cancelled their BOE meetings that were scheduled tomorrow. We seem to be the only one that is still holding theirs. Very interesting!!
Spouse of a teacher January 26, 2014 at 11:28 PM
Resident - Does this surprise you? It's all about drawing a line in the sand and seeing who toes the line. As juvenile as it sounds, it's all about positioning. The board doesn't want to look weak (which they are) and throw in the towel. They will hold this over the PTA and the community if no one shows up. If there is not a big turnout they will continue with their back room politicking. I promise you this, I will remind everyone about this weekend in a year when Gougis and Quigley are up for re-election. The community has a huge opportunity to speak their mind and tell this board how sick and tired they are of the politics and their lack of true leadership. It's about time they start working for THEIR community rather than a superintendent. STAND UNITED, STAND FIRM!!
Cygnus-X1 January 27, 2014 at 01:53 AM
I absolutely applaud the community, parents, and students for stepping up and making sure the school district understands how important Principal White is to Bolingbrook High School. I hope the school board doesn't hide from this issue and makes the situation right, either tomorrow night or whenever and however long it takes.
Kelly Davidek January 27, 2014 at 08:01 AM
I totally agree with "myopinion". I also think kids want to know that you care enough to make them tow the line. That you believe they can do it and that you think enough of them to see that they follow the rules instead of throwing up your hands because they're "lost causes". And speaking as a "lazy single mother" who has an honors student - guess what? He doesn't always do what's right. He does screw up! And I want Mr White (and all the staff) to help me help him to make the right decisions. Correct me if I'm wrong - but I've always told him that if he is brought to Mr White - he's made at least 2 bad decisions - his teacher has had it with him and or another staff member. I also believe that there are people who have legitimate complaints but those need to be worked out - not just screamed about . Going to the press doesn't help your child - sitting down with people and being part of a solution does. That's just my opinion.
my opinion January 27, 2014 at 09:10 AM
From the BOE site on VVSD, Consolidated Action Report for Monday January 27th. Need to encourage the Board of Education members to vote NO!!!!!!!! .................................................................................................................................................................WE RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF RESIGNATION FOR THE FOLLOWING ADMINISTRATIVE CERTIFIED PERSONNEL: White, Michael Principal Bolingbrook High School Reason: Personal; Effective 06/30/2014
Gordon Kayhart January 27, 2014 at 12:15 PM
This issue is more than support for Mr. White. It is the support for the direction of our schools for which he has lead the way to mutual respect and hard work. He has expressed a desire to continue to serve the students and parents of this district, to continue the efforts to provide for a proper learning environment so that the students' level of achievement can be raised. The BOE must be made aware that the community, in large numbers, will hold them responsible for any degradation in the condition of the BHS learning environment in the event that they accept Mr. White's resignation.
Colleen February 13, 2014 at 02:32 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


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