Tentative teacher pact reached in Barrington schools
By Bridget O’Shea firstname.lastname@example.org February 6, 2013 1:32PM
Updated: April 8, 2013 2:05AM
BARRINGTON — The Barrington Unit School District and the Barrington Education Association have come to terms on a three-year deal, according to a joint statement issued Wednesday.
The terms of the deal were not immediately available as the School Board and teachers union must still vote to ratify the agreement.
If approved, the new terms will be applied retroactively to the beginning of this school year, when the previous contract expired, according to the district statement. The union represents more than 700 teachers.
“I think on behalf of the board and the community, we are pleased to reach an agreement,” School Board President Brian Battle said. “Both parties hope we can work through the steps as quickly as possible.”
Battle attributed the lengthy negotiations to the current economic environment. He also said funding uncertainty out of the General Assembly in Springfield played a role in the 11-month process.
If a deal wasn’t reached after the Tuesday night negotiation session, both sides’ last and final offers were to be made public Thursday by the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. The state-mandated timelines and regulations went into effect Jan. 24 after the teachers’ union declared an official impasse in negotiations.
A summary of the agreement will be made public once it is ratified, the district stated, and the full agreement will be available online soon after.
The School Board and the union have been in negotiations since spring, about 11 months. The two sides reportedly discussed more than 40 labor and financial issues.
Battle said the new contract will allow the district to maintain its innovative programs for students in the coming years.