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UPDATED: D46 Seeking Substitute Teachers in Case of Strike

Teachers' union responds to D46 effort to employ temporary substitute teachers and support staff should the Jan. 16 strike date stand.

Update, 8 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 20

Patch has received the following statement from Jim Pergander, business agent for Lake County Federal of Teachers Local 504, the District 46 teachers' union:

Previously, it was announced in the event of a strike Jan. 16 school would be called off. We believe that decision was a wise choice. It is best in the long run to cancel school if, unfortunately, a job action becomes necessary, resolve the issues then resume and complete a full school year with the student's actual teachers delivering instruction.

It appears the board now wants to keep the schools open, using 'temporary' certified teachers, then after a settlement is reached, to resume with a shortened school year with the children’s actual teachers. In effect, the board wants to use 'temporary' certified teachers to babysit the children of the community and to have those days of non-instruction count as actual instructional school days for the purpose of fulfilling a state mandated school year.

We believe such an action would shortchange the community’s children and ultimately, become nullified by the Regional Office of Education. Furthermore, the board's action on last night's levy shows the board believes the district is not in need of new funds. We were of the belief, being told many times by the board, the district's educational fund was in deficit and in need of new funds.

We had thought it was that deficit that was preventing the board from accepting our modest proposal: which is basically no increase in the first year of the contract and a salary schedule freeze with two delayed steps in the second year. Last night's board action underscores our belief the district can afford our proposal and should settle with us. They just don't want to.

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District 46 officials say they are hopeful the Jan. 16 teacher strike can be avoided, but just in case, applications for temporary substitute certified and non-certified staff are being accepted through Jan. 15.

The following statement from the school board was posted Thursday on the district's website:

The Board of Education is hopeful that a new contract with its teachers will be successfully negotiated without disruption to the education of the students. However, it must also prepare in the event those efforts prove unsuccessful, there are no further discussions and the teachers strike.

The Board of Education may consider providing services to students during a strike, if feasible. The Board of Education will collect applications from appropriately certified teachers and PSRP to provide services on a temporary basis in the place of those teachers who choose to participate in the strike.

In addition, the Board of Education will also be collecting applications for the PSRP positions. While the District and the PSRP union are not yet at impasse and the PSRP have not filed a strike notice, the Board of Education needs to be prepared in the event that the PSRP/District talks prove to be unsuccessful.

Current District 46 staff may elect to apply for any vacancy.

Details of the vacancies for which applications will be accepted are included in the PDF attached to this Patch article. It may also be downloaded from the district website.

Superintendent Ellen Correll told Patch, "The board has not determined the length it is willing to employ substitutes. A lot has to be determined and discussed with respect to where the money will come from and the cost."

Current teachers willing to work should e-mail Correll at correll.ellen@d46.org.

Out-of-district teachers should refer to the Lake County Regional Office of Education website by clicking here.

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Tara Strain December 22, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Swanson11, do you really think that subs don't count? I encourage you to visit any school, any day, anywhere and show me one school that does not have a sub in it. The only way a sub would play movies is if that's all a teacher has left for them to do. As a former sub, we follow the curriculum that the teacher has left for us. I have done everything from show movies to help honors chemistry students study for their finals. Many subs are retired teachers, some are ex business execs who have a wealth of experience and knowledge and have been laid off, some are grad students, some are loving parents who know better than most how to care for and nurture children. I'll just quote you, so I'm not being insulting by saying, "You obviously haven't done any research." Also, my dad was a highly educated business owner who opted to drive a school bus in his retirement. I want to give you credit once more for a quote that I'm going to borrow from you, "Please do some research before you post such nonsense."
Swanson11 December 22, 2012 at 04:38 PM
@Tara Strain where did I state that "subs don't count"? Where??? I simply stated that there is a high probability that some days taught by a sub during a strike may not count. This is a fact. If you need further answers feel free to contact the Regional Education Office on the CLC campus in Grayslake. I have done my research. I too am from a family of educators and have done my research.
WorriedParent December 22, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Your comments exactly: "Keep in mind that if subs do teach these kids the days will NOT count as official days and will need to be made up at the end of the year."
Lennie Jarratt December 22, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Yes Sully your past history proves you were attempting more insults. If I wasn't working right now, Ellen would already have my application to help out wherever needed. I have actually subbed before (not in IL).
Swanson11 December 22, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Yes, I said the days will not count. I never said subs don't count as Tara Strain inaccurately stated. Please learn how to read. Thank you
Lennie Jarratt December 22, 2012 at 05:10 PM
There have several people on here talking about crossing the picket lines and what a bad idea that is. They even insinuated anyone who does dare cross the line with future job loss or no hirings. Questions for you consideration. I already know the answers. : Aren't teachers the ones who are supposed to be championing diversity of thought, freedom and self expression? Why would union leaders bully or intimidate teachers/subs/parents who disagree with them? Why would anyone in this economy begrudge someone a temporary job if available during the strike? Why would anyone in this economy begrudge an already working teacher the chance to work instead of not getting paid during the strike?
Tara Strain December 22, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I love how easy it is for those who hide behind an alias to call others out by name, by their profession, and by their morals and values. You puff up so easily, yet you hide behind your aliases like cowards.
Crust head December 23, 2012 at 01:51 PM
All yallZ iz crusty and dirtbags.
Crust head December 23, 2012 at 01:51 PM
So glad I got outta d46 that place was a dump
Sully December 23, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Okay Lennie, whatever you say.
Softball Jim December 23, 2012 at 06:08 PM
The BOE has just ensured that there will be layoffs, school closings, and cuts to programs, like music, by not passing an increase to the tax levy. Yes the old contract has been fullfilled Lennie, but the teachers have been working in good faith without a contract. Maybe the way to get BOE's to listen is for the teachers to quit working the day the contract is up. They have been working without a contract since May or June of this year. That is not fair to the teachers.
Lennie Jarratt December 23, 2012 at 07:58 PM
The last contract ended 6/20/2011. If the teachers had gone on strike then, no school would have been missed and the kids would not be used as pawns as a Jan/16 strike will do. Both the BOE and Union have been continuing negotiations in good faith, otherwise we would have heard about filings of unfair labor practices. FYI, Beach Park District 6 went close to 2 years without a contract, yet kept working for the good of the children, Lastly, teachers have been RIFfed nearly every year the past few years even with the ever increasing property taxes. The problem is the BOE that don't want to find ways to be fiscally responsible. Certain board members got rid of the Finance Committee that help bring ideas. Some board members have refused to investigate other possible ways to save when they've been given the same info for over 5 years. You should really be thanking people who have been fighting for fiscal sustainability instead of continually attacking them on these pages. People like myself, Michael Carbone, Kip Evans, Shannon Smgielski, Sarah Waters, and the local businessmen who have been working to find fiscally sustainable solutions. Teachers will be RIFed again this coming year due to the deficit spending and if any unaffordable contract is signed on to. This is not the direction the district should be going. As I have offered many times, I'd be happy to speak with you about ideas I have to prevent the RIFs and help bring fiscal sustainability.
Softball Jim December 23, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Lennie, do you think passing a flat levy and passing on 750K, was a wise decision? Deficit spending will surely continue now that they can no loger capture this growth in revenue. The wisest suggestion was by Carbone, Pass the incresase levy and abate the taxes if they are not needed. They passed a flat levy with no long range plan for revenues, or fully understanding what the long term consequences were to the district. They have no long term plan. Even you would agree that is a bad idea. I truely believe, even you understand that losing 30million over 28 years will spell disaster to the district. The other problem, is what happens to property values when the school system fails? I think you know as well as I do that property values will decline even further. The board has sent the district on a path for financial disaster.
Lennie Jarratt December 24, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Carbone was the only board member who expressed the correct way to do the levy during the meeting as you mentioned. It's a shame that once again we have a lack of planning and options from the school administration. Secondly, the district wouldn't have gotten the full 750K, I need to look back for the actual #, but I believe it was around half that #. There is also the issue of capping out which D46 is dangerously close to hitting. If that happens the district gets even less. With assessments still dropping, the freeze may very well aid the district in the coming years by preventing them from hitting that cap. This needs a lot more review and details to fully understand all the pros and cons. I need to review the presentation more from that night also to make sure I have all the State Aid facts. I believe the increase from the state was $1.3 Million to be gained by taking the one time hit now. This needs more investigation and it has many implications for the new board being elected in the spring, and should be a question at every forum.
Softball Jim December 24, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Lennie, you are making my point exactly. They did not due thier due dilgence by investigating this option fully. Sure may have gained 1.3 mil as you say. (wont hold you on that number) but in the long run they have crippled D46 financially. They made this decision without knowing all the details. It was very fiscally irresponsible. They caved to a small group of people who were very loud, while the rest of us homeowners sat silent. At a time that we are already in a 1.2 million deficit budget, even with cuts. 2.2 million already cut, ou can't pass a flat levy. The flat levy will not help stop the deficit spending. This was irresponsible.
Lennie Jarratt December 24, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Interesting, I said there needed to be more investigation and details. That does not prove your point. You are reacting from personal feelings, instead of getting all the facts. Yes, levies can be frozen and be beneficial even in the long term. We need to do some more research and find out whether this was beneficial or not. As I also stated we need more details from the presentation given. If true giving up 350K to get 1.3 Million would be a good bargain. If it keeps the district from hitting the rate cap, then it also may be beneficial in the long run. This situation is complex and needs to be studied more to find out whether it was best or not. Reacting with partial information is more dangerous for the future than actual planning. We cannot succumb to reflex because the BOE did not vote the way you wanted in this particular case.
Softball Jim December 24, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Lennie, yes there is a little emotion in my replys, However, you as an advocate and supporter of Carbone, Evans, and Shannon, have said and agreed the right thing would have been to raise/abate the levy/taxes. It would have been the finacailly responsible thing to do at the time. Then take the time to education themselves on the effects of a flat levy. Better yet would have been to use the last month or so to get those answers, they should have had all the details before casting such an important vote. If they could have proven before the vote that this was what will really happen, then good for them. They failed to make their case. I will assume, because you do not have the answer either that, nobody had the required knowledge to make this decision, before the vote. Which again is irresponsible and playing games with childrens future.
Lennie Jarratt December 24, 2012 at 07:24 AM
@SJ, I do appreciate you thinking that I would have all the information the BOE has in making this decision, but unfortunately neither myself or the general public is given all of information before the meetings. The BOE is on the other hand is privy to a lot more information than we get. I wish we had public board packets available prior to meetings, but it does not appear the BOE or admin want a completely transparent district. I just watched the presentation by the Biz Manager and listened to other comments from the BOE. Unfortunately, the presentation is not viewable on the video, so I still need to get that presentation. From that information, it appears the BOE was fully informed about what would really happen. Here are some of the highlights: 1. Estimated actual receipts from a levy increase would be $750K 2. District will hit their O&M cap this year 3. District will hit the Ed fund cap next year 4. With the tax levy increase, there will be a $1.4 million deficit 5. Without a levy increase: 2014 - $1,024,000 deficit, 2015 - $189,000 surplus, 2016 - $1,400,000 surplus Based on those numbers, the decision to freeze the levy is very beneficial to the district as it ends their budget deficit in 2015 without a tax increase. As stated, when growth starts to happen again, the levy/abate process will be the best route. Since the district will also hit their ED fund cap next year, not increasing the levy also allows the district more flexibility next year.
Lennie Jarratt December 24, 2012 at 07:27 AM
Richard, one of the business owners had the following to say about his property taxes: 2006 - $69,000 2011 - $99,000 2012 - $113,000 That is nearly a 64% increase over that time frame. How can we expect businesses to continue to afford these type of increases? We cannot.
Lennie Jarratt December 24, 2012 at 07:30 AM
Have other school districts not raised their levy, YES!!! Richmond/Burton HS did the levy/abate. Stevenson HS does levy/abate. Nippersink Elem, froze their levy outright as well. Times are changing and expecting the taxpayers to always fork over more money is coming to an end.
Lstevens December 27, 2012 at 10:04 PM
What I don't see discussed in this string is why do teachers feel they get an automatic raise- I am sorry in these economic times who is getting a raise? Certainly not the private sector where we have lost pay as well as losing our 401k matches, along with increased cost for medical. Our teachers do a great job, I applaud them- as a tax payer I cannot agree to a pay increase- welcome to the real world- I approve of the subs, again welcome to the real world- If businesses ran like our schools they would be out of business-
amy connoy December 28, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Band mom, I want to make sure I understand. Were district 46 teachers standing outside of Fredrick with signs, the night the students were going into the school for a band concert? If so, this was not in the best interest of our students. Thank you for your post.
abby123 December 29, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I fully supported the teachers doing a silent picket outside the GMS choir concert. I will not send my daughter to school if they hire replacement workers. They are not the true educators. I'm a teacher and our teachers in D46 have made concession after concession for years. Enough is enough-teaching is not a "calling"-it is a profession, just like a doctor, a lawyer. I'm tired of people thinking that teachers do not deserve decent pay. We desire to live and work in our community and be able to afford a decent living to raise our families. If the school board has money to hire outside subs, for a school board that claims that they don't have the money to pay our teachers, then it is wrong for them to waste our money on substitutes. Not all substitute teachers are educators. Be careful what you wish for. I urge every parent who supports the teachers to keep their children home on Jan. 16. This is the meanest, most depraved school board I have ever seen. So detrimental to our community and it's our children who will be losing out. I was hoping that the awful lesson from Sandy Hook would at least enlighten people what we teachers do every day-and that is to do our best to educate, care for and empower children to be the best that they can be. Is that not worth something to you? How much money would you spend to make sure that your child receives the best education possible? If you don't have children in school, isn't it worth to see that the smallest citizens get the best?
Vicki Wilson December 29, 2012 at 09:13 PM
37 states prohibit teacher strikes. The vast majority of these 37 states do not forcibly resolve contract impasses by a fixed date. They rely on mutual agreement while prohibiting strikes. They take the principled position that children and taxpayers have a right to expect strike-free education from public money. Teachers should not be allowed to strike. Put the kids first. Practice what you preach.
Vicki Wilson December 29, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Abby123 - There is no correlation to money spent and education quality. There are many, many examples of this, but here is just one: http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-298.html
Vicki Wilson December 29, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Abby 123 - It is reprehensible that you bring up Sandy Hook in this instance. Are you of the opinion that evil can be eliminated from our world if only teachers were paid more? Sad, sad, sad that you bring it to that level.
PB&J January 02, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Everyone has their opinions regarding the quality of instruction by substitute teachers, and whether the board is right in keeping the schools open during the impending strike...but, one cannot discount the hours of training teachers have in ensuring the well being of our children, that substitute teachers do not have. Many might not know that teachers are mandated by law to have training in a multitude of areas each year. Trainings on such health issues that may affect students such as: blood born pathogens, diabetes, allergies, attention deficit disorder, identifying warning signs of abuse. depression, suicide... Also, knowing how to conduct fire, tornado, and lock down drills. Knowing the students in the classroom, their needs (and their names!) and schedules are imperative to all of those drills running smoothly. Yes, substitutes do a great job every day in our schools, but they are generally surrounded by classroom teachers in which they can ask for guidance. I hate to think of an entire building filled with staff that is not adequately trained in most of these areas! I don't think people realize how all encompassing a teacher's job really is. Thus, I will not be sending my children to a building full of substitutes. I just hope it doesn't come to that.
marilyn January 02, 2013 at 01:01 PM
wow-pretty condescending to substitutes, AND teachers will to work and do thier jobs. Willing to work. Think about that statement. This is all union power grabbing, nothing more nothing less. Unions have been allowed, and encouraged by a politically friendly environment, to basically go all over the place harvesting and bleeding districts dry. But wait! It must REALLY be all about the kids, right? Must be. I agree that changing to all subs is not good for the kids, but the notion of letting unions bully their way to power and money grabbing is worse. What does this teach? Perhaps subs should be looked up to. Perhaps THEY are the ones actually teaching. many subs are MUCH better than regular teachers, a result of tenure. the unions have really wrecked what was once a noble career. Teachers need to tell the unions to back off.
Tony January 02, 2013 at 02:18 PM
I am willing to support any teacher who crosses the picket line and continues to support the children of our community.
Grayslake Resident January 10, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Who gets multiple increases a year these days? I've received one increase in the past 3 years and expect none against this year. Teachers, wise up! The economy has NOT improved. Quit being selfish, appreciate that you have a job at all, and work harder to educate our youth so future generations can do better than we have.

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