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Education

District 201, teachers agree on new 3-year contract

CICERO – The J. Sterling Morton District 201 Board of Education recently announced that negotiations have ended with a new three-year contract with teachers, according to a news release from the district.

Union members ratified the agreement with the school June 9, and the contact was approved June 11 by the Board of Education.

The District’s previous contract with teachers was due to expire June 30. The new contract went into effect Sunday and will end June 30, 2017. According to the release, the new settlement is commensurate with salaries and benefits provided to educators in comparable school districts.

“We believe this package demonstrates the significant value placed on our current teachers by the Morton 201 learning community, which the Board of Education represents,” said Board President Jeff Pesek in the release.

According to the release, the new contract will allow the district to bring back lost educational programs, and to maintain current staff levels and reasonable classes sizes for the next three years.

The district cited uncertain financial conditions, including pension reform, state and federal funding and property tax rebates as hurdles the contract negotiations between the District and teachers needed to overcome.

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