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District 46 Board Approves Tentative Agreement Between District, Teacher's Union

Details of the two-year contract were released at the board's Feb. 6 meeting.

The District 46 Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve the tentative agreement between the district and the teacher's union.

"It's tentative because they haven't dotted all the I's and crossed the T's yet on the contract," said Board President Ray Millington.

Board Secretary Sue Facklam added that when the board votes on the final document, the contents will not change.

Here are the details of the contract, which covers 2012-2014:

  • The first year, 2012-13, there will be a hard freeze, "no base increase, no step, no lane."
  • The second year, on Sept. 30, 2013, there will be a $500 lump-sum stipend paid to teachers on-schedule.
  • There will be a one-lane change for eligible teachers on Sept. 30, 2013.
  • Off-schedule teachers will receive a $1,000 base salary increase effective Sept. 15, 2013.
  • On Feb. 15, 2014, there will be a one-step increase for on-schedule teachers, without retroactive pay.
  • On Feb. 15, 2014, there will be a lane change for teachers on a Bachelor of Arts lane to a Master of Arts lane who are in an approved Master's program up to an aggregate cost of $3,200.
  • For retirement, those who give written notice prior to March 1, 2013, they will get an increase for four years at 5.75 percent. For those who give written notice after March 1, 2013, the increase will be for three years at 4 percent.
  • Extra-duty stipends will be frozen for both 2012-2013 and 2013-14.

Additionally, there will be three make-up days for the strike.

"I want to thank everybody for the work they put into it," said Millington, calling it a "tremendous effort" between the board and the union.

The teacher's union voted Jan. 30 to ratify the contract.

Sandra Sims February 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Terri, you're the one who obsessively complains about the teachers being underpaid. Therefore, feel free to donate to their cause. We all pay our taxes. We just don't care to pay our last dimes to give public employees more than the average taxpayer.. We all agree they should receive a reasonable salary, but pension spiking and getting double CPI raises just because they are staying in their job is a bit much, when the rest of us are taking pay freezes or cuts. But then, you don't really care about others, do you, shrill shill?
Sandra Sims February 10, 2013 at 12:35 AM
OH, and PS: I devoutly hope "Terri" finds herself in financial difficulty at some point in life. It happens, even if you are "responsible". And it would be deliciously karmic for her to be wondering if she can keep her house as a result of high property taxes.,
Sully February 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM
I apologize if this shows up twice. As of right now, my first post was not showing up. W.P., you may wish to consider that Grayslake and Lake County are not on an island where only they have housing difficulties. Are you saying government employees in general, and teachers specifically, are to blame for losses of homes and all tax increases? I don't think you believe that, but you and others take the easy route by blaming teachers for the conditions in this country (which is what happens when you listen to Lennie for too long). Why can't we look a little deeper and see what the real causes of the economic decline are. Why are banks, bankers, and CEOs still making SO much money? Why is so much being spent for the military exploits over seas? Why do big businesses continue to get huge tax breaks while making huge profits but still firing their employees? Blaming teachers for wanting a living salary rings a bit hollow when you look at all the other factors. Teachers are just the easiest to blame and to target as scapegoats.
Lennie Jarratt February 10, 2013 at 12:48 AM
It appears it is being handled by the Sun times. Did Lisa Madigan make a comment yet? When are you going to come to a board meeting and speak up about the problems in D46 and help clan them up?
Sully February 10, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Great deflection, Lennie. You'd never let anything like that stop your continued crusade against D46. I'm really disappointed in you that you think this charter school incident isn't important enough for your vast skills of FOIAing. I just really thought you'd want to take this on.
WorriedParent February 10, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Your right, I don't believe that. And I 100% agree that ALL areas of this nation have to be reviewed, overhauled, etc....and I am not blaming teachers one bit. I just believe that in this economy, and teachers being tax payers too, were asking for far more than any average citizen was getting. We ALL have to be in this together and no one side is right. In our little town and community, we have given as much as we can but to some that is not enough. To some people (Terri) feels that if some people in this community are hurting they are selfish and to blame. This is for all of us, not just the teachers.
Tim Keegan February 10, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Taxes have ALWAYS been higher than other towns in the area. I agree with Terri, you should have educated yourself and been aware of what you signed up for when you moved here. If you don't like it, MOVE! The high taxes here aren't something new.
Sully February 10, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Teachers are consumers as well as tax payers. Instead of demanding that public employees make less, why not demand that other occupations filled by the middle class make more? Why should CEOs continue to get such high compensation packages when their companies are going under? Why are CEOs rewarded when they fire more people? You guys are fighting the wrong fight. Nothing will be achieved in a day, but when are the middle class and lower middle class ( and getting lower every day) going to figure out that teachers are not the enemy? They are the same as you. They earn money, they spend money on the economy, and they pay their taxes. Anyone else in any other job would prefer higher pay and better conditions, so why do teachers get so much hostility thrown at them for wanting what anyone else would want. Those who condescend by saying teachers are nothing but glorified babysitters are expressing their anger on the wrong source. If one loses a job, it is not a teacher's fault.
Pete Gardner February 10, 2013 at 01:18 AM
@ Terri, I do not know if you have children in Grayslake schools. I no longer do. When increasing my taxes every year, aren't government bodies in essence forcing me to pick up the tab for others? Tell us Terri, for those families who can't afford registration or lunches, do you resent picking up their tab too?
Tara Strain February 10, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Born and raised in Grayslake & residents for 35+ years, so we didn't "sign up" to live here. Thanks for the advice on getting educated though, Tim & Terri, and for suggesting that we leave. We've done both.
Sully February 10, 2013 at 01:51 AM
So Pete, since you have yours why should you help others get theirs? Well I guess that depends on how much you care about the future. Do you want our next generation of kids educated enough so that they and the U.S. can compete in a global economy, or would you rather have adults who have just enough skills to work at McDonald's? That's about where we're heading right now. We have the upper class kids in the best private schools going to the best universities so that they can remain in the upper class with CEO jobs or working as government lobbyists and keep their wealth, while everyone else stands in unemployment lines or works in fast food (or end up dead or in jail). Class warfare? No. Class facts.
Sully February 10, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Tara, were you educated in Grayslake's public schools?
Lennie Jarratt February 10, 2013 at 02:07 AM
It's interesting to continue to see the elitist mentality of "just move" .
Lennie Jarratt February 10, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Part 1: HOUSING MARKET FORECAST 12 Month Forecast: DOWN Forecast Accuracy: 86% Forecast-Chart.com publishes forecasts for the trend in home prices in 380 Metropolitan Statistical Areas. The House Price Trend will be either UP or DOWN. The forecast for the trend in the Lake County housing market for the 12 months ending with the 3rd Quarter of 2013 is DOWN. The Accuracy of the Trend Forecast for Lake County is 86%. In other words, when tested against historical data, the forecasting methodology was correct 86% of the time. Accordingly, Forecast-Chart.com estimates that the probability for falling house prices in Lake County is 86% during this period. If this Housing Market Forecast is correct, home prices will be lower in the 3rd Quarter of 2013 than they were in the 3rd Quarter of 2012. Check this page each quarter for updates to the Lake County Real Estate Market Forecast.
Lennie Jarratt February 10, 2013 at 02:08 AM
3 Year Forecast: DOWN Forecast Accuracy: 87% The forecast for the trend in the Lake County housing market for the 3 years ending with the 3rd Quarter of 2015 is DOWN. The Accuracy of the Trend Forecast for Lake County is 87%. In other words, when tested against historical data, the forecasting methodology was correct 87% of the time. Accordingly, Forecast-Chart.com estimates that the probability for falling house prices in Lake County is 87% during this period. If this Housing Market Forecast is correct, home values will be lower in the 3rd Quarter of 2015 than they were in the 3rd Quarter of 2012. Check this page each quarter for updates to the Lake County Real Estate Market Forecast.
Terri February 10, 2013 at 02:18 AM
LOL!!! Now he's a real estate expert...is there nothing this man doesn't google...I mean know? LOL!!! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/25/obese-people-have-severe-_n_268910.html
Lennie Jarratt February 10, 2013 at 02:19 AM
LOL, so I am supposed to do a job that someone else has already done and reported on? If you want me researching every school district or public corruption maybe you can donate to a campaign fund to get me elected as Illinois Attorney General.
WorriedParent February 10, 2013 at 02:19 AM
So essentially Sully you are saying that teachers deserve everything they want because they are more important than any other working person. So they always deserve a raise plus all the other increases, every year while anyone else who is not a teacher deserves nothing because they happen to work for overly paid CEOs. And you are also saying that by paying them over any norm that is happening in this economy today will automatically improve my child's education? I just don't agree. I just think that because they are just like us, taxpayers, earn and spend money in this economy that they should not be shielded by its effects. There are other just as important public servants that deserve raises as well and are not getting them. Yes, they deserve raises, yes they deserve benefits but the demands have got to have a limit. There are some people spouting that they should get everything they want, and I just don't agree.
Sully February 10, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Oh Lennie, there ya go again. Copying and pasting and pretending you know something. People want YOU to move because they're sick of your act. You've complained for years upon years about the Grayslake area, yet you stay and become more obnoxious with each passing day. You've made whatever point you have, so now go bless some other area with your grand presence. Nothing elitist about this. These people just don't need or want you here.
Sully February 10, 2013 at 02:39 AM
It did it again- my most recent post to W.P. is not showing up! Ok, second try- 8:31 pm on Saturday, February 9, 2013 No W.P., that's not what I'm saying at all. Teachers shouldn't be paid more than others just because they're teachers. They deserve appropriate compensation, just as you do. What I'm saying is that the priorities in this country are upside down. A bank CEO who is part of the criminal events leading to the economy's fall several years ago pays no price and his compensation actually goes up, while pay for "lower tier" occupations remains stagnant each year. This is just wrong. This country was not founded as an oligarchy, but that's what it has become right under the people's noses. That's what is so sad. Everyone is so polarized now, there is no common sense anymore.
Sully February 10, 2013 at 02:42 AM
That's okay Lennie, I'll pass on that. We don't need anymore hypocrites in office.
LMJ February 10, 2013 at 02:44 AM
From my understanding, Sully, you have said you don't live in Graylake/D46, how can you ask us to leave a place that you don't even live at. How about telling us where you actually live and we will live next door to you! BTW, telling someone to move from the area is against the rules on the Patch, not to mention down right mean. Would you like to be told to move, Sully? Would you like me to quote the rules for you, Sully? How about you put in your Realtor expertise and tell us how the housing market has gone up, and how people are getting more money for their houses compared to what they paid for their houses. Go ahead, Sully. We are all waiting.
WorriedParent February 10, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Then we agree....I just get frustrated when others just assume and categorize people, who were not in favor of the strike or the million dollars it would have cost to meet their demands, as community members that don't care about our teachers. And yes, there are some big public company's, banks, etc that are aiding to the tanking of this economy for their own greed. And it is very sad....I guess this is why we hope and pray that we can elect the right public officials in this country who can make changes. And that too doesn't work. But this argument is about Grayslake, our little community in this big mess....a place where we as residents can try to make our own difference. Most of the residents want to stay here for many reasons other than the school system. We are all willing to pay our share as long as it can be sustained and is fair to all.
Sully February 10, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Genius Lisa. Just genius. I keep forgetting just how literal you and Lennie are.
Sully February 10, 2013 at 03:22 AM
As I get frustrated by people who don't want to see facts! I have never said teachers deserve any more than anyone else just because they teach. But teachers should not be so easily blamed for what's wrong in this country. Too many see them as the enemy, when in reality, they're not. Thanks for the conversation, W.P.! Nice to have a civil one every now and then, isn't it?
Terri February 10, 2013 at 01:27 PM
LOL!!! You failed miserably in a primary run for state rep! LOL!!! LOL!!! Now you want to waste more money for a shot at AG? LOL!!!
Lennie Jarratt February 10, 2013 at 04:18 PM
I don't want to be AG, but Sully appears to believe I should research and hold every school district, charter school and state official accountable. To do that I would to have be AG. Maybe sully I'd tired of the fact that I have uncovered more political corruption than Lisa Madigan has. BTW, how many times did Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan lose before finally being elected?
Terri February 10, 2013 at 04:22 PM
LOL!!! Now he thinks he's Abe or Ronny LOL!!!
Ed Brown February 16, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Kids are in school 176 days, not 190.
Ed Brown February 16, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Home values are increasing in Lake County however the incremental increase in value is still below the levels from which a homeowners took not their first lien loan but their their 2nd lien and those two loans total is where the loans are more than the market value. For most it is simply a paper loss but for those that also lost a job the situation prevents them from selling out and move to an area they can afford. For the family with no kids who moved to Grayslake for many reasons and school being one of them, may want to move out; however they too not be able to move out for same reason.

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