Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The District 181 Foundation offers several types of grants, including funding for innovative teacher proposals, community programs, and student projects.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The following is a release from Community Consolidated School District 181: The District 181 Foundation recently received a check for $1,000 from the Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Teachers’ Association. The check presentation occurred at the March 15 at the Foundation Board monthly meeting. Erika Sajpel, HCHTA treasurer, represented her organization. “The fundraising and hard work of the foundation have not gone unnoticed, and we truly appreciate all that you are doing for the community in which we work,” Justin Horne, HCHTA President, said in a letter to the Foundation. “The teachers and students, whether direct recipients of grants or not, all benefit from the foundation’s investment in the future.” The Foundation offers several types of …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
While Michael Nelson said the two sides came together to acknowledge economic realities, HCHTA leadership said the board used "line-in-the-sand negotiation tactics."
A deal on a new contract has been reached between the school board and teachers of District 181, but bad feelings appear to be lingering. In an email sent Monday, Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Teachers’ Association (HCHTA) President Justin Horne and HCHTA negotiation chair Mario Castillo said they believe the new contract will keep the district “in good financial shape for some years to come” but criticized the school board’s approach to negotiations and said some teachers felt “uneasy and stressed” about working without a contract. “The board seemed emboldened by line-in-the-sand negotiation tactics and seemed intent on pushing the teachers to a strike, but the teachers were not willing to let that happen,” the email read. When the District …
Friday, October 7, 2011
The last mediated session took place Sept. 15, when the teachers submitted a new offer with reduced salary demands.
The District 181 Board of Education will resume mediated negotiation with the Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Teachers' Association (HCHTA) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, according to an email from district communications director Rita DuChateau. HCHTA President Justin Horne said at the board's last meeting the uncertainty caused by the ongoing stalemate is a negative force. "It is in the best interest of the entire District 181 community that these contract negotiations come to a conclusion," Horne said. At the last negotiation session Sept. 15, the union submitted an offer that contained the same base salary and step increases it originally desired, but only in the second half of each of the first two years. During the first half of those two…
Thursday, September 22, 2011
HCHTA president said the latest offer contains hard freezes for the first half of each of the first two years.
As negotiations with the District 181 Board of Education on a new contract continue, a group of about 15 selected parents and PTO presidents attended an informational meeting with members of the Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Teachers’ Association (HCHTA) Wednesday night at The Community House in Hinsdale, according to HCHTA President Justin Horne. Horne said over the phone Thursday that the point of the meeting was to give parents information about the negotiation process and present the HCHTA's perspective. Horne sent an email to the press earlier in the day that said, “We wanted to keep the meeting small so that the parents would feel comfortable asking questions and sharing opinions. We are always open to make time for other parents that …