Update, Thursday, Jan. 3
District 46 union president Diane Elfering informed Patch that a session between the union and school board has been scheduled for Jan. 11.
"We are hopeful that we can avert the strike date of January 16th. We will meet all night if needed," said Elfering.
The school board will also host a second town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at Grayslake Middle School. For more information related to negotiations, click here.
The holidays are over. School has resumed. And the District 46 teacher strike date of Jan. 16 is two weeks away.
The school board and union presented their best and final offers at the last negotiating session on Nov. 28
The district has agreed to a two-year teacher contract, but is holding firm on instituting a salary freeze with no step or lane changes. However, the board has offered to give all certified staff who have not submitted a notice to retire a $1,000 stipend in year two, which would cost the district about $300,000.
Initially, the union proposed a 3 percent salary increase for both contract years.
Teachers now agree to continue working at their current 2011-12 salary schedule for next school year, but they want lane change compensation paid in February 2013, which would cost $200,000, and two salary steps scheduled for Sept. 2013 and March 2014, which would cost $750,000, according to the district.
The district has put out a call for applications for temporary substitute certified teachers and non-certified staff. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 15.
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