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D-15 Teachers Voting Tuesday on Contract

If approved, Board of Education will vote June 13. Superintendent expects major components of the contract will be communicated to the public at that time. Full details will be released later.

The negotiating teams for Community Consolidated School District 15 and its teachers union, Classroom Teachers Council have agreed to a tentative contract as they had hoped before the end of the school year.

The district’s 800 plus member teaching staff is not expected to learn of the contract’s major components – namely salary and benefits - until Tuesday, June 5 when they will vote to accept or reject it.

If the majority of teachers approve the contract, the full D-15 school board will vote on the contract.

The district’s negotiating team consists of board president Tim Millar, vice president Scott Herr and member Richard Bokor. All seven school board members set the parameters for negotiations.

“We had meetings to discuss what was going to be negotiated and what as a group, we would agree to or disagree to”, said D-15 board member Gerard Iannuzzelli at Saturday’s Community Communication Forum.  “There was a limitation to what they could and could not do . . . and as a board, we were OK with that.”

Board member Manjula Sriram agreed, “We put full faith in those three to negotiate in the best interests of our community.”

In contrast to the last teachers’ union contract when the school board voted during a special meeting, this one will take place at its regularly scheduled June 13 meeting at 7 p.m. at Sundling Junior High.

D-15 Superintendent Scott Thompson expects major components of the contract will be communicated to the public that evening and whether some of the  would be restored. 

Bucephalus June 04, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Well this is promising. It's not even the end of the year (albeit by one day) and they have a tentative agreement. No theatrics from either side. No threats of striking or universal layoffs. Confidentiality seems to have been kept by both sides. Given how acrimonious the winter was, this all seems like a good sign for the District, teachers, and students.
CASA June 05, 2012 at 11:59 AM
This board has done a commendable job in being transparent, compared to the past. Their decisions may not please all the people all the time, but at least they are open to interaction with the community.
Craig Apelbaum June 05, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Whatever they do is fine.
D15 Resident June 05, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Amen! I agree with your comment 100%. Glad to see that everything seems to be calm and settled. Congratulations to all involved for doing this without having to get nasty.
Ken June 05, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Let the results be the judge here......... If we continue to let the operating budgets outrun inflation and the surrounding economy that feeds the district, the current fiscal situation of the state will simply duplicate itself here locally, with property tax increases being the usual backstop. When enough tax-paying homes are eliminated, the excessive budgets are choked, and the downward spiral and deficits continue until the money in = money out equation is balanced.

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