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District 86 teachers say school will start on time

Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 11:02 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 5:19 p.m. CDT

HINSDALE – The teachers of the Hinsdale High School Teachers Association announced Friday upcoming school year will start on time regardless of the recent negotiations between the association and the school board.

In June, the association made a counter proposal to the board that keeps the district competitive with other districts and increases the teachers’ share of health care costs, according to a release from the teachers union.

Still, as of July 25, the board has not offered a counter proposal in return, the release stated.

With students’ first day of attendance weeks away on Aug. 22, the teachers voiced confidence to the community and to students that the school year will begin on time as scheduled, according to the release.

Faculty will attend all previously scheduled pre-student attendance day events, workshops, meetings, and orientations with the overall goal to provide the vital strong start to the academic calendar.

“The overwhelming support teachers have received from the community informs us that our priorities are aligned with theirs,” said John Bowman, president of the teachers’ association, in a statement. “Parents, students, and community members, alongside teachers, all agree that the district’s top priority must be providing a best-in-the-state education to the students without delay by the board’s radical proposals.

"The start of the school year is important for our students and our teachers. Autumn is the heart of the college application process, the start for our award-winning clubs, music programs, plays, championship athletics and the first step in a year of academic pursuit for all students. Students deserve to start the year as scheduled, on time. We eagerly await the board’s long delayed counter proposal to make a smooth beginning of everyone’s year. Now is not the time for their extreme political agenda to derail school.”

The District 86 School Board and the teachers are currently in federal mediation, and accordingly, are not to discuss details of negotiations in public. Teachers will continue to abide by the process of mediation and not publicly discuss details of ongoing negotiations, instead, bargaining in good faith that a fair, balanced, and sustainable agreement will be met, according to the press release.

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