Superintendent review to take place during District 113A board meeting Monday
LEMONT — A review of Superintendent Susan Birkenmaier's performance will be held in closed session during the District 113A Board of Education meeting Monday night .
The board will also begin discussing negotiating matters between the district and the Lemont-Bromberek Council of American Federation of Teachers Local 604.
For the past two years, teachers have been under a pay freeze at District 113A. This spring, those terms could change.
Along with teachers, support staff — including secretaries, paraprofessionals, learning resource center assistants and technology assistants — have been on a hard pay freeze since 2011.
Birkenmaier said until the district’s administration and selected board members meet with representatives from the union, she can’t know what terms will be negotiated — including whether the union will request a termination of the pay freeze.
“I have no way to know that,” Birkenmaier said in November. “(We will know more) when we get to the bargaining table to be able to talk and understand the full scope of everyone’s concerns with the bargaining issues.”
Local 604 negotiated its last contract in 2011 and the terms are set to expire on June 30.
The pay freeze came just one school year after the district was placed on the Illinois State Board of Education’s financial difficulty list in December 2009. Since being placed on the list, the district has reduced staff levels, increased class sizes, closed Central School, reduced benefits, reduced transportation and eliminated extra-curricular activities, in addition to the pay freeze.
The results of the districts cost-cutting measures were a total savings of about $4.7 million since 2009.
The closed session meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Old Quarry Middle School.
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