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D46 Teacher Contract Won't be Approved Wednesday

School resumed Tuesday, Jan. 22 for some 4,000 District 46 students following a three-day teacher strike. A board meeting will be held Wednesday night, but the agenda does not include approval of the new union contract.

Wednesday night will be the first regular meeting for the District 46 Board of Education since the teacher strike was settled following negotiations on Jan. 20, but don't expect to hear any details of the contract agreement.

Superintendent Ellen Correll told Patch Wednesday's meeting, to be held at 6:30 p.m. at Frederick School, will not include approval of the contract, which has to be ratified by the union first.

"The team hasn't set a date, but with what needs to be done, I would not be surprised if it were (not until) next week," said Jim Pergander, business agent for Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504.

The next board meeting at which the contract could be on the agenda for approval would be Feb. 6.

The tentative agreement outlines the terms of a new two-year contract.

Board president Ray Millington has stated the agreement, "is indicative of our shared dedication and commitment to working together to meet the needs of all members of the District 46 community - teachers, students, families and taxpayers."

Teacher compensation was the main sticking point throughout negotiations. The district, which is projecting a $2.2 million deficit next school year, repeatedly said it could not spend money it didn't have despite the union's argument that the district had a bloated fund balance and could afford salary increases.

More than 300 District 46 teachers went on strike Jan. 16 following an eleventh-hour negotiating session on Jan. 15. As a result, classes were cancelled for some 4,000 students for three days.

Students returned to classes Tuesday after having Monday off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

It is not yet know when students will make up the three lost school days.

Per a statement on the district's Website: "It's too early to say. A determination of whether we will need make-ups and when will be decided once resolution has occurred so we know the full picture."

Updated: Tentative Agreement Reached in D46 Strike

Pam Navarre January 25, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Glad to see some dialog about a unified district, would it be easy? Absolutely challenging, but would it benefit the communities and help to relieve the tax burdens the answer is YES. The reason I mentioned the Mayors working on this, is to facilitate discussions-they are neutral in the sense that the School Board don't report to them. However they could start the dialog and work with the School Boards to seek ideas and solutions, because the Mayors are responsible for community growth and development. Keep the dialog going maybe something productive can come from this.
LMJ January 25, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Tell you what... if you live in Grayslake or in D46 for that matter, why don't you investigate how much your home would get right now. How much did you pay for it? What would you make if you sold your home right now? Go ahead, tell me that the market isn't in distress. What isn't fair about it... that you are forced to look at how bad things really are?
Lennie Jarratt January 25, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Marvin, I don't see you trulia link anymore. Here is another http://www.realtytrac.com/trendcenter/il/60030-trend.html that shows the trends. Grayslake - 0.37% Lake - 0.36% Illinois - 0.22% National - 0.12% Foreclosure filings have stayed 40 per month since Fed 2012 with 5 of the last 12 months over 60 and 8 of the 12 over 50.
Forethe Community January 25, 2013 at 06:25 PM
LMJ, I'm not certain why you are taking such a hostile tone with me. Maybe it is just your passion. I have a rough idea of what my home is worth, and yes, I'm glad I'm not moving. If I had to move, I would sell it for what it's worth and move on. I did not purchase my home as an investment. It is where I raised my children and intend to live indefinitely. But if I wanted, or had, to move, I guess I might just chalk it up to a bad one in today's market.
Forethe Community January 25, 2013 at 06:29 PM
That is certainly not a pretty picture. It does support my point, though. Last year, less than one half of one percent of the properties were foreclosed upon. Can you venture a guess at how many were attributed to high taxes? I still maintain that the overwhelming majority of this community understands how schools are funded and do not object to increases to support them. That was the feeling I got from the folks I spoke with on Sunday.
Forethe Community January 25, 2013 at 06:30 PM
I intend to write the BOE and village trustees to let them them know that I feel it's worthy of discussion.
Karen Hord January 25, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Again. A unified district is not a reality. It would not relieve our tax burden. Take the following as an example. What would happen if D46 expanded their boundaries eastward to Rte 45 to have the same boundary as D127. D46 would gain students from College Trail, Hunters Ridge, the 2 subdivisions on the south side of 120 between the Jewel shopping center and Lake Forest Hospital, and Prairie Crossing. In what school building would we find room to accomodate the influx of students? It certainly won't be the Prairie Crossing School building. Which is another key point. Woodland has spent years begging the state of Illinois to remove the burden on their district that is the Prairie Crossing charter school. Move the boundaries and that tax drain will become ours. A unified district is a lost cause, and it is no way under the jurisdiction of the villages, the mayors or their boards. The best plan forward would be to keep encouraging future growth to be more balanced.
Lennie Jarratt January 26, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Those numbers are for Dec. 2012 only. There are currently 466 foreclosures or 7.5% of the homes in Grayslake. The Round Lake Area show an even greater rate of foreclosure (triple), but there isn't a breakdown by the school district boundaries. They have 1,589 current foreclosures.
Lennie Jarratt January 26, 2013 at 12:58 AM
I would agree that a unified district is unrealistic.
Lennie Jarratt January 26, 2013 at 01:01 AM
If you go into actual sales information the following are the % of homes sold in distress: http://www.championnews.net/blog/2012/12/21/school-districts-begin-to-get-the-message-and-freeze-property-taxes/ 2011 Closed sales: 53.8% 2012 Closed sales: 52.5% 2012 Active Properties: 68.64%
Lennie Jarratt January 26, 2013 at 01:03 AM
"I would hope their pensions would be twice SS" -- Thank you for agreeing that my proposal is acceptable.
Sully January 26, 2013 at 03:24 AM
I try to make people not read those articles? How do I do that? Hypnosis? I have no control over what others do, so try again. I want people to come to the table. I don't want frauds to be there pushing their own personal agenda though. The only one who is afraid is you Lisa. What if everyone were to find out that your husband's grand plan is just a crock. Kind of like when he was blown out at the election. Not many people are buying what either of you are peddling.
Sully January 26, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Lennie, do you really think I believe you one iota? You don't answer my, or anyone else's questions who don't believe in your snake oil because you have no answers! You know nothing about education. "For our children's future"? What the hell does that mean educationally? You have nothing to say about curriculum, about educational philosophy or psychology, about what makes a school successful or not successful, about the merits or drawbacks of standardized testing, about how home life impacts educational performance, about how special education or ELL works, about the realities in the classroom and the needs of the students, and on and on. THAT is what educating our students is about. It has nothing to do with the BS you spout.
Sully January 26, 2013 at 03:39 AM
Gosh Sandra, maybe you haven't checked the constitution lately. I believe freedom of speech may be mentioned somewhere. If you want to have a constructive dialogue on education, great. If you want to appear ignorant, there's nothing I can do about that.
Johnson H. January 26, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Sandra, Do you own a house in D46?
Sully January 26, 2013 at 04:13 AM
"You don't want to have a discussion" must be In the play book somewhere. Whenever some of us bring something up that might contradict a Sandra or a Lennie or a Lisa, they say something to the effect that it is we don't want real discussion so they won't discuss anything. It has to be on their terms or they're not interested (more likely not able).
Sully January 26, 2013 at 04:15 AM
Correction- "...say something to the effect that it is we who don't want real discussion..." I left out the "who" in my post.
Sully January 26, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Lennie, Lisa- as education experts, is this the type of curriculum you'd like to see in public schools? A simple yes or no will do. http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/10-interesting-lessons-from-creationist-inspired-school-books
Lennie Jarratt January 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Lol @sully....
Sully January 26, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Wow- you can't even answer a yes or no, legitimate question. Why am I not surprised? Do you, or do you not believe this curriculum, and does it belong in public schools?
Sandra Sims January 26, 2013 at 10:22 PM
You offer nothing constructive. What goes on in D46 is none of your business; the only reason you post on every thread regarding the district is to fight with Lennie. The rest of us, who are affected by the taxes and the strikes and the dysfunction, are bored silly with your childish BS. And I don't give a rat's about "education" in the abstract, I care about the district where I live and pay taxes. Why don't you go argue about YOURS? And, perhaps, find a life.
Sully January 26, 2013 at 10:32 PM
If you cared about the children, the students of D46, Sandra, you would give a "rat's" about education in the abstract. Education is the future for these kids. What is so difficult to understand about that? I care about education regardless of the district. I guess that's too abstract for you.
LMJ January 26, 2013 at 11:19 PM
I'm so glad Lennie answered this way. You are making yourself look bad.
Sully January 26, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Oh Lisa, I'm hurt. I do so want your approval. All Lennie has to do is answer some of the questions I've asked him. If he really wants what is best for the future of our children, then he should explain to everyone what that means.
LMJ January 26, 2013 at 11:57 PM
How childish. Lennie has invited everyone to meet with him, and have a real dialog with him. You are afraid to do that and spread your lies. It is crystal clear.
Sully January 27, 2013 at 12:12 AM
What lies Lisa? You mean the comment I made about you and Kennie being experts in education? Well really, that was more of a joke. It's clear neither of you really know anything about EDUCATION. That's the point.
Sandra Sims January 27, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Do you "care about education" in other districts, like maybe the one you LIVE in? Or just D46? And if so, why? What is your obsession with our district? Once again, you raise all sorts of disturbing red flags.
Sully January 27, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Why yes Sandra, I do. I care about all the school districts that are being torn apart because of bad policies, bad boards of education, and outside attacks by groups like the tea party who want to press their own agenda onto the rest of the country. Thank you for asking. I guess I would raise flags to one who is so hostile and mistrustful of people they don't agree with.
Katie February 01, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Anyone else think that LMJ is Lennie's wife, Lisa?
Nightcrawler February 02, 2013 at 01:06 AM
I don't think she ever pretended to be anything else.

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