Update: No Contract Agreement Reached in D46 Thursday

The next negotiating session is scheduled for Sunday night.

Update, 3:15 p.m., Thurs. Jan. 17

From D46 Board President Ray Millingon:

"The parties met today and discussed possible changes to their positions but were unable to reach agreement. The Federal Mediator adjourned today’s session. Both sides will be getting back together on Sunday evening."

There will be no school Friday.

Update, 10:55 p.m., Wed. Jan. 16

The district posted the following statement on its Website in response to statements made by the union to the media following Tuesday's negotiating session:

As the teachers continue to engage in their strike, the D46 Board of Education would like to clarify some misinformation. In several interviews, the Union has stated that it already agreed to a salary freeze in the first year of the contract. In one report, the Union even stated that there was a tentative agreement on a first year freeze. This is not the case. There has never been a tentative agreement on a first year freeze. The teachers' salary proposal for the first year of the contract included a lane change at the cost of $133,000. This proposal also called for $1,080,000 of new costs in the second year of the contract. The Union has made it clear in the proposals it made public, that it will not accept a proposed soft salary freeze in the first year of the contract without adding significant costs to the second year.

Last night, the mediator presented a proposal that he believed represented a "middle ground" between the parties' positions. The Board appreciates those efforts, but it is ultimately the Board, and not the mediator, who must find the money to pay the increased costs of any agreement. During a time when the Board is facing serious multi-year budget deficits and declining revenue, this is not an easy task. When projecting budget deficits in excess of $2 million, adding more money to that deficit is not an obvious solution.

There is a misconception regarding the District's finances and its "reserve" funds. The Board's budget projects and end- of-fiscal-year balance in most operating funds, which when totaled is approximately $16,000,000. Sometimes these end- of-year balances are collectively referred to as a "reserve fund."

However, these balances are not akin to a savings account or "a rainy day fund." Rather, these fund balances fluctuate throughout the course of the fiscal year as revenue is received and expenses are paid. The end-of-fiscal-year fund balance is a snap-shot taken on June 30 of each year, after the receipt of the first installment of taxes. For example, over the course of the year, as revenue is received and expenses are paid, the Educational Fund experiences a low-point balance of only $1.9 million (equivalent to only 28 days of expenses). Every year of budget deficit will further erode the end-of-year fund balance and also further reduce the low-point of the fund and may cause the district to take out tax anticipated warrants, an additional cost to the district.

The Board understands that the teachers had hoped for higher salary increases. The Board has never contended that the teachers do not deserve a salary increase. Rather, the Board has stressed that any salary expectations of the teachers must be something the Board has the ability to finance. In the current economic situation, that ability is limited. The Board has tried to be mindful of the needs of its students, teachers, residents and taxpayers throughout this process. The Board looks forward to the next meeting with the Union in an effort to reach an agreement.

Update, 12:10 p.m. Wed. Jan. 16

District 46 Board President Ray Millington provided Patch the following statement in response to our request for comment on Tuesday's session:

The Grayslake CCSD 46 School Board met for an extended period of time on January 15 and several alternatives were discussed between the School Board and the teacher union. Unfortunately we could not reach agreement and the teachers gave notice that they will go on strike.

Original post

District 46 teachers, who went on strike Wednesday, agreed to accept a mediator's proposal at Tuesday's eleventh hour contract negotiation session, said Jim Pergander, business agent for Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504.

"The union agreed to the mediator's proposal. The (school) board said no in the end."

Tuesday's session between the District 46 Board of Education and teachers' union last nearly eight hours. Anxious parents and community members waited until almost midnight for word on whether the strike would happen.

Parents received an automated phone call from the district, which also posted an update on its Website.

Pergander said both sides agreed not to divulge details of the mediator's proposal, but it was a two-year proposal that was "pretty middle of the road" and similar to the last proposal made on Nov. 28.

At that session, the school board agreed to a two-year teacher contract, but held firm on instituting a salary freeze with no step or lane changes. The board 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.

The union, which had initially proposed a 3 percent salary increase for both contract years, agreed to continue working at their current 2011-12 salary schedule for next school year, but they asked for 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 mediator's proposal on Tuesday was similar to the Nov. 28 proposal but called for a give and take from each side, said Pergander.

"The mediator told both sides there would be some hurt. He did the Solomon thing and cut it down the middle."

Pergander said the union was agreeable to the new proposal, which still called for teachers to continue working at their current salaries for the next school year, but with the second year's salary step compensation being modified from the Nov. 28 proposal.

"It was an amount less than what we were requesting, but more than the district was offering."

Pergander said the union thought the proposal was acceptable.

"We said let's go with it and keep school in session. We said we'll take it," but the board would not agree to it.

Patch has reached out to District 46 Board President Ray Millington for comment.

Pergander said the mediator told both sides he would get in touch with them before the weekend to schedule another negotiating session.

Check back with Patch for the latest strike updates.

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Terri January 18, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Jose... It hurts when people do this, doesn't it? Jose Cuervo 5:10 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012 James Weidman aka Softball Jim, read his posts, his anger turn many off. Jose Cuervo 4:13 pm on Friday, October 26, 2012 Only thing anyone will vouch for with Faxton is that SHE is the nastiest person here. Jose Cuervo 2:30 pm on Friday, October 26, 2012 What are "THESE" type Karen? Oh, I mean BRAD?
Swanson11 January 18, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Why do the numbers of teacher layoffs by the BOE and their calculations change on a daily basis? The number of layoffs tripled in 3 days... Which is it??????
Jose Cuervo January 18, 2013 at 08:55 PM
@ Terri, doesn't hurt me at all but the person who is being dragged into something she has nothing to do with is. Which brings me to understanding your point and issuing an apology. Message received and lesson learned. I'm sorry.
Kristin H. January 18, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Shannon is a now a public person with a horrible rep. She did it to herself. I too would love to know why the board told the teachers 14 possible layoff, but for this statement tripled that number. Who are they lying to? Why are they changing their story. If what they say in this statement is what they view as true, they are even worse at counting than I thought. They cannot nor should they be trusted to make an accurate account of this situation.
Swanson11 January 18, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Terri January 18, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Exactly my point...and I'd like to join you in apologizing if I've done the same.
Brad Faxton January 18, 2013 at 10:39 PM
100% hysterical that you think I'm Karen. Jose - yer shannon.
Brad Faxton January 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM
I cry shenanigans - BOE, got answers?
Brad Faxton January 18, 2013 at 10:41 PM
4 new board members running as a slate who actually understand biz. Poor shannon - soon to be the minority.
Brad Faxton January 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM
It is her nature to not keep her mouth shut. I'd love to have a copy: bradfaxton@yahoo.com
Sully January 18, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Yes the IEP minutes will have to be made up by any area that is covered by the IEP including social work, speech and language, and occupational therapy, as well as IEP minutes in the classroom. ISBE doesn't care what the reason may be for not fulfilling the minutes; the district will be considered at fault and could possibly lose even more money as a result.
Brad Faxton January 18, 2013 at 10:55 PM
You are kidding, right? Bricks downtown have nothing what so ever to do with schools.
Maria Mom of 2 January 18, 2013 at 11:29 PM
WOW! absolutely sick.. it is amazing what happens when someone is given 'power'
Pete Gardner January 18, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Kristin H. may I remind you that every one is human. It takes courage to enter into public service. You may not agree with or like the person but to watch the ugliness of what many of you here say is sad. I hope no one talks about or to you the way you have here. This goes for many of you about others and toward each other. Someone posted something that said it isn't the school board or even the strike that is making this town look bad, its these posts. So true. Treat others how you want to be treated. If someone else doing it, as many of you claim the board does, and it bothers you then why would you participate in it yourself? How does that help or make sense? Please consider if you would want someone to talk to you or treat your spouse, your child, your mother, your father, the way you are here. I pray that you all to see the damage you are doing to each other here and that you remember kindness towards your fellow man. Pete
Sully January 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM
How long do you think this new set of teachers will stand for no say in their work conditions? It won't take too long for them to learn teaching isn't as easy as you seem to think it is and they will want better compensation and more say in their conditions. It's about what is the right thing to do. If you surrender your rights now, you're not terribly likely to get them back. Are you willing to work under any conditions your boss sets with absolutely no recourse? Fired on a whim? Working extra hours without compensation for them? You probably will say yes, but I don't really think you would in real life.
Sully January 19, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Wow atomgirl, Summer must really be a dangerous time for you!
Sully January 19, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Maybe you are not aware, but districts that have money don't charge for all day Kindergarten.
Sully January 19, 2013 at 12:41 AM
In light of the pending school bus drivers' strike in NYC, I again wonder how Shannon feels about that. More importantly, if D46 drivers were to strike, to whom would her loyalty go?
Sully January 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM
I don't know if the bus drivers belong to a union, so this could be a hypothetical. But, if they do, does Shannon belong? Are the bus drivers D46 employees?
Black Betty January 19, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Rumor has it the Board is going to cancel on Sunday night. The BOE is supposed to meet with the Fed Mediator an hour early at 5pm and the negotiations would start at 6pm with the Union. Whatever side you are on, make sure BOE doesn't care more about their 3-day weekend plans and shows up to settle this. If the BOE doesn't show up, this strike is going another week. With 2 weeks of striking, the BOE will have made enough money up to pay the teachers but the lost school days won't be made up. Wouldn't it be sad if this whole strike was the BOE's attempt to put money aside at the sake of our children's education? How sad would that be. I wouldn't be surprised if that was their intention the whole time. I would expect a refund for the days of education your children don't receive. Make sure the Board of Ed shows up on Sunday for the meeting. BB
Look Deeper January 19, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Black Betty January 19, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Ron, He'll probably change his name again so we can't find him. BB
Black Betty January 19, 2013 at 12:57 AM
It really seems like there is some underlying issue that is really truth. Not to get into conspiracy theories, but is there some kind of Lisa Bako thing going on here?
Black Betty January 19, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Ol' man Pete, While I appreciate your sage words of wisdom... isn't it past your bed time? If you've been able to make sense out of anything here, I hope you've realized that you're not going to change anyone's mind or character. Save that for Church on Sunday. By the way... I saw a little old lady flip off the teachers from her car on Rt. 83. No one is safe here.
Johnson H. January 19, 2013 at 01:07 AM
I would think if that is true, Shannon would be in some sort of violation. Another investigation....
Cheryl Wessely January 19, 2013 at 01:35 AM
@RonVerdi - oh how fast you assumed. We are a low tech house dear, not a single video game, not even a flat screen television. Spent many hours with my child since birth, hooked on phonics, Kumon, the works. Just hoped to get additional help from the professionals since she struggles. Just couldn't find any expertise in the current school system.
Cheryl Wessely January 19, 2013 at 01:40 AM
@RonVerdi - and were you educated in this district? It seems perhaps you were as you do not seem to know the correct usage of the possessive pronoun "their."
Miriam January 19, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Michael Carbone is already going by an assumed name. His real name is Michael Jorudd. An excerpt from the Sun Times: http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/15966816-505/lake-county-candidate-has-other-name-in-his-past-as-well-as-a-handful.html For most of his life — including at Antioch High School, where he graduated — he was known as Michael Jorudd. Under that name, he racked up criminal arrests and charges that include driving on a suspended license, criminal trespass to property, assault and two DUI charges. In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Carbone insisted that the fact he’s now using a different name doesn’t mean he’s trying to hide anything. “We went through the process, and I came up victorious every time,” he said of his bouts with the law. “I was young, a different age. People aren’t perfect. I never said I was perfect. I am not a perfect person.” Yeah. No kidding.
Lennie Jarratt January 19, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Reminder - Townhall Meeting to discuss the district finances, a 5 yr contract proposal and must more data. 2 pm State Bank of the Lakes 50 Commerce Dr Grayslake
Forethe Community January 23, 2013 at 06:57 PM
350 people showed up Sunday in the freezing cold to support the teachers of their district. That’s: • 10 times the number that showed up for either of the For Our Children’s Future town halls. • 10 times the number, on average, that shows up to BOE meetings. • 5 times the number that have ever shown up for a BOE meeting (in recent history). 30 local business showed their support for the teachers by supplying food, providing parking, providing warming shelters, allowing access to their bathrooms, and donating cash to help teachers that might need it in a prolonged strike. Residual benefits went to local food banks through excess donations. That’s: • 10 times the number of local business’s that spoke at any levy hearing. • Equal to the number of attendants at any For Our Children’s Future town Hall. • Equal to or greater than the average attendance at a BOE meeting. Actions speak louder than words. I applaud the board for listening to the public. I only wish the silent majority had been more vocal at the levy hearings. It’s too late to do what the public really wanted.


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