Charter Oak parents not happy with district's plan

By Katherine Tellez

February 10, 2014 Updated Feb 11, 2014 at 11:43 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- District 150 school board approved a human resources report at Monday night's meeting, which includes former Charter Oak Principal John Wetterauer's request for a leave of absence for the remainder of the year.

But Charter Oak parents are still upset, not only that Wetterauer and two special needs teachers were transferred out, but because they say the district took teachers out of the classroom without having a solid plan to replace them.

Parents say there have been several days of substitutes and it's not healthy for special needs children who need consistency.

"Tell me, how does having seven different teachers in the last week and a half help them learn each day and achieve their learning goals," said Dan Dougal.

Chris Coplan, a spokesperson for the district said since the transition started there have been seven days of school.

A substitute has been in the two classrooms for five of those days.

He said two of those days were for the teachers to move out and two were for the new teachers to move into the classroom. The other was for previously planned training.

Coplan also said from now on both of those classrooms should have a consistent teacher.

The board also approved the contract for new comptroller/treasurer.

Mark Wilcockson will take over for interim comptroller/treasurer David Kinney on July 1, 2014.