SD 201U teachers OK 2-year contract
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY email@example.com June 26, 2014 9:24PM
Updated: June 27, 2014 2:10AM
After 14 months of negotiations and working the past school year without a contract, teachers in Crete-Monee School District 201U have agreed to a two-year deal that includes a 2.35 percent step increase on the salary schedule for the past school year and the upcoming year.
Union president Mary Bragg said the 315 teachers will receive retroactive pay for 2013-14 and a one-time $750 payment at the end of the 2014-15 school year. There were no changes in teachers’ health insurance premiums, she said.
Union members ratified the contract June 16 by a vote of 240 to 9, and the school board approved it unanimously the next day, according to Bragg.
“We are looking forward to moving forward and working collaboratively with the board,” she said.
Teachers did not favor a longer-term contract because there are many education-related bills pending in Springfield and “too many unknowns” in District 201U, Bragg said.
Board president Nakia Hall said via email that the board plans to hire a new superintendent by July 1, the start of the district’s fiscal year, to replace John Rodgers, who announced his retirement more than a year ago and abruptly left in November, even though his contract was not up until June 30.
The district hired a superintendent search firm last year and interviewed staff and the community about the qualities a new superintendent needs, Bragg said.
The school board also has approved a 3 percent pay raise for all nonunion employees and filled several top administrative positions.
Monica Spence, coordinator at the Monee Education Center, replaces the retiring George Elrod as executive director of student affairs.
Talala School Principal Lyle Neal now is assistant superintendent of human resources, replacing Anthony Edison, who resigned for a position elsewhere. Ghantel Gueno-Perkins will be Talala’s principal, and Bryon Mane will be principal at the Sixth Grade Center.
Also, Ann Williams is the new assistant superintendent of business management, replacing Robert Groos, who also resigned.