D181 Board to Meet Again Without Teacher Deal
The board and the teachers' union are still locked in a negotiating stalemate, so expect another lively public comment session.
The Community Consolidated School District 181 Board of Education has a Committee of the Whole meeting Monday night at Monroe School, where a public hearing on the district's proposed fiscal year 2012 budget and another blue-clad teacher crowd could turn up.
The board has yet to come to an agreement with the Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Teachers' Association (HCHTA) on a new teachers contract. At the board's Aug. 22 meeting, several hundred district teachers donning blue shirts cheered HCHTA President Justin Horne as he outlined the union's proposal, which would ask for only step increases in the first year and a 1.75 percent raise plus step increases in year two.
At the same meeting, Board President Michael Nelson made public the board's offer, which asks for pay increases of any kind in year one, only step increases in year two, and a salary raise equivalent to 50 percent of the Consumer Price Index in year three, plus step.
Horne said, "We have never encountered a board that seems so entrenched in a position that would have a negative impact on our teachers, even when fund balances are increasing. It apparently isn't even about money."
The public hearing on the proposed budget, which has been posted publicly for the last two weeks, will take place before the public comment section.