If you’ve noticed a lot of Barrington teachers wearing black on certain days, there is a reason. The Barrington Education Association encourages teachers and other supporters to wear black on negotiating days. Wearing black acknowledges that the district is in the black –financially sound—according to the BEA website. The most recent negotiating day was yesterday, Jan. 30.
The Barrington Education Association and the Barrington Board of Education had scheduled negotiations, yesterday. The board and the BEA are expected to submit their last and final offers by 5 p.m., today, according to the Daily Herald. The earliest the teachers could go on strike is Thursday, Feb. 21.
The board and BEA have been working with a federal mediator in negotiations.
Teachers have been working without a contract since the beginning of the school year.