When high school students turn out at a school board meeting to complain that classes are overcrowded, that there are too many substitute teachers, that they don’t deserve the A’s they are being handed for completing busy work, then you know a school year is off to a rocky start.

So it is at Proviso Township High Schools where members of the student council were joined by faculty and counselors complaining loudly about a particularly raggedy start to this year’s classes. Administration leaders blamed a late enrollment surge, chalked a seeming shortage of teachers to their fiscal conservatism in hiring and in a later e-mail to the Review said the problems had now been resolved. 

At least one board member, Kevin McDermott, pronounced himself “appalled” by what he heard. We join him in that opinion.