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Board, LEAD approve new 3-year contract

The Community Unit School District 300 Board of Education (Board) and Local Education Association District 300 (LEAD 300) have approved a 3-year contract for the time period from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2015.  The membership of LEAD 300 ratified the contract yesterday (Dec. 19), and the Board voted to approve the contract this evening (Dec. 20).

 Contract negotiations focused on several issues that will positively impact the students’ learning environment by lowering class sizes and improving teachers’ working conditions. The Board and LEAD 300 mutually understand best practices regarding class size and the direct impact these practices have on education.  The Board agrees to make class size a priority and make every effort to keep class sizes at a reasonable number.  To that extent, the Board and LEAD 300 have agreed to form a joint class size committee to monitor class sizes across the district.

 Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, class sizes will generally be as follows:

Grade Level

2013-2014

2014-2015

Pre-K

Max 20 Students

Max 20 Students

K-2

Max 27 Students

Max 26 Students

3-5

Max 30 Students

Max 28 Students

6-8

Cap at 32 Students

Cap at 31 Students

9-12

Cap at 32 Students

Cap at 31 Students

 

The agreement includes a modification of the high school day from eight, 45-minute periods plus a 30-minute lunch, to nine, 45-minute periods, one of which is a lunch period.  This alteration allows for consistency in both teacher and student schedules, and also makes it possible for students to have greater flexibility in course selection.

Administration and LEAD 300 will create several committees whose representative membership will work toward creating a collaborative structure for addressing the ongoing needs of District 300 staff and students. The focus of these committees will include:

  • A Class Size Committee that will monitor class size and continue to explore options to reduce class sizes in order to create academically sound environments within budgetary and facility constraints
  • Collaborative Councils for each instructional level and education services that will help maintain open communication and explore solutions to ongoing issues
  • An Insurance Committee that will monitor District-wide insurance plans and costs in order to ensure fiscal responsibility while maintaining appropriate levels of employee benefits
  • A Performance Evaluation Reform Act [PERA] Committee that will create and monitor the procedures for evaluations of certified staff to ensure quality educators for all students in the District
  • A joint committee that will help create a more collegial, supportive workplace environment, free from harassment and bullying through policy and procedural changes

The average salary increase for the 3-year contract will be as follows:

  • 2012-2013: Step plus 1%
  • 2013-2014: Step only
  • 2014-2015: Step plus 1%

“Step” refers to movement on the existing salary schedule and varies depending on employees’ years of service and education, but on average it equals 2%.

Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, LEAD 300 retirement benefits will decrease from a 6% adjustment for each of the last four years of service to 3%. The benefit will sunset as of 2015.

Once formatting has been completed for printing purposes, the full contract is anticipated to be available on the Human Resources page of the district website, www.d300.org, by mid-January 2013.

The instructional day missed on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, due to the strike will be made up at the end of the school year.  This means that unless any emergency/snow days are used this school year, the last day of school will be Wednesday, May 22, 2013.

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