School board and teachers hopeful continued negotiations will resolve contract issues.
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…
The BEA has authorized a potential work stoppage, but the school board is optimistic an agreement is forthcoming.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Barrington 220 Board of Education understands members of the Barrington Education Association have authorized a potential work stoppage. We know this was a difficult and emotional decision for our teachers given the constructive and collaborative contract negotiations of the past eight months. The Board of Education remains optimistic an agreement is forthcoming to continue a standard of quality and fairness that satisfies our teachers as well as our taxpayers. The Board of Education is participating in these ongoing deliberations with a focus on fiscal responsibility and competitive compensation. We are again committed to balancing the budget on behalf of our constituents – including our teachers – despite economic uncertainties, …