DARIEN – The Hinsdale High School District 86 School Board made another formal contract offer to the Hinsdale High School Teachers Association on Monday in a move to reach a new agreement before classes resume on Friday.
The offer on the table raise the average teacher base salary 2.8 percent the first year of the contract. The previous offer from the board includes 1.7 percent raises for the first year of the contract.
After year one, teachers' raises will be adjusted annually based on the consumer price index.
During Monday's meeting at Hinsdale South High School, board president Richard Skoda said the new offer also requires teachers to pay 15 percent of their health care costs in the first year of the new contract, up from 12 percent from the previous contract.
By year four, teachers would be paying 20 percent of health case costs, according to Skoda.
Also, teachers will still have their pensions compounded by 3 percent annually following retirement, Skoda said.
Currently there are no mediation meetings scheduled between the two sides until after school starts.
"But the board is willing and able to meet, especially quickly, when the association has a counter to what we have on the table," he said.
However, the board stood firm on the fact that 6 percent salary bumps during the last four years of a teacher’s employment, aimed to maximize pensions, would not be part of the deal.
The board also approved an advisory referendum that could be placed on the Nov. 4 ballot, with would ask voters if they favor the 6 percent salary bumps for the last four years of a teachers career.
The school board voted 4-3 to put the advisory referendum on the November ballot, but the referendum is not binding. Along with Skoda, board members Claudia Manley, Victor Casini and Ed Corcoran, who was teleconferenced into the meeting, voted in favor of the referendum.
Teachers union spokesperson Mike Palmquist could not be reached for comment.
The teachers previously released a statement explaining their intent to work in the schools on the first day of school; however, the teachers have retained their right to strike after the school year starts.