Central School District 104 intends to send its final offer for the teacher union to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board as required by law when the two sides are unable to reach an agreement.
"Considering the misinformation provided to the public and media over the past weeks, the board views this statutory process as an opportunity to resolve any misunderstandings concerning the parties respective offers, while fully apprising district residents of the status of contract negotiations," school board members said in a joint news release. "The board looks forward to continuing good-faith collective negotiations with the teachers and support staff."
A representative of the teachers union could not immediately be reached for a comment.
A federal mediation session between the teachers union and members of the school board was held Wednesday night. Prior to the meeting, teachers and staff members picketed just as they did before the school board meeting on Feb. 10.
Negotiations for a new contract began in July, and the teachers have been working without a contract since August.
The teachers filed an intent to strike notice with educational labor relations board and St. Clair County Regional Superintendent Susan Sarfaty earlier this month. The reasons they listed were working conditions, wages and benefits, according to Sarfaty.
In order for a strike to occur, the teachers and district must first declare they are at impasse, and they must file with the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board the final, best offers each side has put forth. Those offers must then be displayed for public viewing on the board's web site for 15 days before a strike.
Once received, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board has seven days to post the district's final offer on its website at http://www2.illinois.gov/elrb.
The news release from the board said it's goal remains to reach an agreement, "within the current property tax structure, so that the board does not need to seek additional revenue through a referendum."
The new contract would impact 44 teachers and 26 support staff members. The support staff voted to join the teacher union last school year.
The district encompasses two schools -- Central Elementary and Joseph Arthur Middle School -- and serves about 585 students.
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