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D218 Approves 4-Year Teachers' Union Contract

Most District 218 teachers will see a 2.7 percent raise in the first year, Superintendent John Byrne said Monday.

The District 218 school board approved a new, four-year teachers' contract Monday night. 

Most teachers will receive a 2.7 percent raise in the first year. They'll also need to pay for 16 percent of their health coverage, and 17 percent for each of the remaining three years of the contract

District 218 Superintendent John Byrne called the new contract "fair and fiscally responsible."

Board members voted 4-0 in favor of the new contract at Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights. The  expired on the first day of school.

Teachers' union members overwhelmingly voted in favor of the contract on Thursday. IEA Local 218 president Bradley Wright, who is a science teacher at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, said concessions were made on how much members would pay for health benefits.

"We're happy to be able to preserve our salary schedule," Wright said.

IEA Local 218 includes both district teachers as well as support staff, nurses, security and technical staff, social workers and guidance counselors. Maintenance and custodial staff in the district have their own union.

Freshmen orientation at Shepard and in Oak Lawn was Monday. Students at all high school grade levels begin classes Tuesday.

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Rock Bobster August 23, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Nick, have you gotten a copy of the new contracts or cost impact report yet? It should be available to the press.
R.E. Former August 23, 2012 at 06:41 PM
You are welcome, Nick. I agree that lively and vigorous discussion of the article subject should be encouraged. Most people can't attend public meetings and if they do, it is intentionally difficult for them to be heard. Forums like this give people a chance to make pertinent comment. It's when individuals go off the reservation with personal attacks and unrelated political talking points that most folk get discouraged. I have found that if you call someone out for not being relavent to topic or failing to contribute to the actual discussion, that person usually drops out of the conversation. I, for one, will treat fellow posters the way that I expect to be treated, and that is with polite respect.
R.E. Former August 23, 2012 at 06:58 PM
ROCK, if d218 is stonewalling you on your FOIA request, you are probably aware of a couple of options for reporting the district's lack of response. Another option would be to call Burt Odelson's office and ask what the problem is with your request. You raise a good point about overtaxing and how any surplus should be spent. I think the school board should be pressured to respond. Board President Randy Heuiser should schedule a Town Hall type meeting to address concerns. We all anticipate the elections that will be held next spring.
TOUGH ON THE INSIDE August 23, 2012 at 08:24 PM
LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE NEW GUY!!!! WELCOME ABOARD MR. R.E. FORMER!!!!! I hope Bobby will get the info and report back! What am I saying of course he'll report back....
R.E. Former August 24, 2012 at 01:04 AM
I don't harbor any personal political ambitions, nor do I seek to promote a political agenda from the right or the left. My interest is in local government in general, and D218 government in particular. I am aware of many ongoing issues and activities within D218 and with the recent reporting and subsequent blogging regarding negotiations, impass, wage and benefit packages and failing marks from the state, I felt compelled to join the conversation. I believe that ultimately, elected officials are responsible and accountable for everything that goes on in their district. They must be forthcoming and answer to the taxpayers. I believe that senior administrators should reflect the ethnic and racial diversity of the student population and the tax paying parents. The current senior administrators at D218 are a small, self serving group of caucasion "good ol boys" that does not reflect the diversity of the student population, which probably explains the district's low marks. The school board does not make administrators accountable and the administrators do not keep the board well informed. If tax payers want to know how the district can run a surplus while student fees and expenses go up, they deserve an answer. If rogue administrators are involved in questionable activities, they must be held accountable. If resident taxpayers want a public forum to ask questions and get answers, The Board President should accomodate them. The elected officials are ultimately responsible.

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