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Education

Glen Ellyn District 41 board approves new 2-year contract with teachers

GLEN ELLYN – The Glen Ellyn School District 41 Board of Education has approved a new contract with teachers after only a month of negotiations.

Board members approved the two-year contract with the Glen Ellyn Education Association on Feb. 20. The contract is effective July 1, 2018. The 30-day negotiating period was a timetable agreed upon by both the board and the association.

In the new contract, there are no changes to the pay structure from the previous contract. Changes include adjusting the Hadley Junior High School dismissal time from 3:25 to 3:30 p.m. and reorganizing the internal district and building leadership teams.

"We appreciated the collaborative nature and timeliness that occurred during this process and are pleased with the outcome," Glen Ellyn Education Association Co-Presidents Tracy Guerrieri and Dina Sbarra said in a joint statement following the vote.

They said the Hadley dismissal time was adjusted to make it equitable with the dismissal time of the district's four elementary schools. The contract will be posted on the district's website at d41.org prior to April 1.

School board member Robert Bruno voiced his support of the agreement.

"At a time when you do see school districts which are struggling to get agreements, where there have been strikes and there have been strike votes, it's a positive statement that within that 30-day window, the teachers that were collectively represented and the district could come to terms," Bruno said. "It's a strong statement of partnership."

Board Vice President Kurt Buchholz voted "present" on the new contract. His wife, Lisa Buchholz, is a first-grade teacher at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School.

The board also approved a new four-year agreement with the district's support staff union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Negotiating teams worked for 10 months on the agreement.

The contract, which is retroactive July 1, 2017, includes increased starting salary rates, reduction of insurance rates for HMO, implementation of a service recognition stipend for the term of the contract and change of overtime calculations.

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