After months of negotiations over a new contract, the Barrington Education Association representing District 220 teachers announced it will pursue a strike vote. The association and the school board have been unable to agree on several key issues including working conditions and compensation.
“Our argument is for quality and fairness,” said BEA President Melanie Collin in a statement released Wednesday, Oct. 31. “We want to maintain the kind of quality school district that attracts and retains great teachers to serve the students – the kind of quality professionals that have made this a great school system.”
Barrington teachers have been working without a contract since the beginning of the school year.
District board members are confident that the teachers and school board can come to an agreement on these issues.
"We're optimistic an agreement is forthcoming," said Board President Brian Battle. "After many collaborative and productive discussions since last spring, we're moving closer to meeting a standard of quality and fairness that satisfies our teachers as well as our taxpayers."
Niether side of the bargaining table has requested federal mediation at this point and no strike has been scheduled. If both sides go into mediation, a lengthy review process by the Illnois Educational Labor Relations Board would follow before a teacher strike takes place.
"The preliminary actions and message of the BEA regarding a possible work stoppage do not mean families should make contingency childcare plans or that an unfortunate disruption to instruction is imminent," the board said in a statement issued early on Oct. 31.
Stay tuned to Barrington Patch for updates.