New Year's Day

Nearly 50 Teachers, Staff Leave Zion School District Before School Year

The school year starts Monday

Nearly 50 teachers and staff members have quit or retired from a school district in Lake County before the start of a new year. 

The Zion district said the departures are "typical of the ebb-and-flow of a school district." But the union that represents Zion educators said it's been difficult to keep staff because of financial reasons and other factors. 

The school year starts Monday. District spokeswoman Donelle Staples said that core classrooms will be led by certified teachers. 

Retiree Lynn Butera said the culture in the district has become "very toxic."

A parent, Tiara Jones, said the resignations are unfortunate.

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