SHEBOYGAN — An online petition has been created calling for the reinstatement of a Oostburg High School social studies teacher.
On February 20, the Oostburg School District School Board dismissed twenty-two year veteran teacher Peter Christopherson. The decision to dismiss the social studies teacher is a apparently a result of the district’s desire to hire an additional science teacher at the high school.
Over the past school year, the graduation requirements at Oostburg High School have changed to increase science requirements and decrease social studies requirements.
The petition on Change.org calls for the reinstatement of Christopherson had more than 70 signatures early Friday morning. The petition was created by Ben Bartenstein, a recent of graduate from Oostburg High School.
According to Bartenstein, a large number of Oostburg alumni, parents, students and community members have expressed their displeasure with the dismissal of Christopherson.
A Facebook Page has attracted over 350 supporters since Wednesday.