Geneva School Board Calls Special Meeting Tuesday for Executive Session on Collective Bargaining

Board members are expected to ratify the three-year teachers contract agreement established in an 11th-hour negotiation session that avoided a teachers strike.

School District 304's Board of Education is expected to ratify a three-year teachers contract after the executive session of a special meeting now set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20.

School Board President Mark Grosso said after Monday's regular meeting of the Board of Education that the board would be meeting early next week in special session but he was not sure at that time when the meeting would take place. District 304 sent notice of the meeting around 2:10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

The Geneva Education Association voted Wednesday to ratify the agreement.

If the terms of Monday morning's 11th-hour agreement are accepted, it will mean the end of protracted and stressful negotiations between the School Board and the GEA.

Sunday's negotiation session, which concluded in the wee hours of Monday morning, avoided a teachers strike similar to those that have popped up in school districts throughout the Chicago area this year.

Both sides agreed to keep the terms of the contract private until the GEA and board ratify the agreement.


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DJP November 18, 2012 at 10:19 PM
@GRyan: The special interest system of cronyism has to stop. We need to stand up for the principle of looking out for the taxpayers interests. Too, this community is not in a financial position to offer or guarantee teachers short or long term deals.
Victor Viking November 18, 2012 at 10:26 PM
You people really are nothing but a bunch of whiners. There is a process in how things things are done. The minute you don't like the outcome of something or think their is a conspiracy, you don't like the process. Better yet, when something doesn't go your way, you bash it. Grow up people. I'll bet a hundred bucks that all of you on here complaining about wanting more tax payer input are the same people who think it's wrong to keep score at your kid's soccer games cause it would be "harmful" to his ego if he or she lost. Or you call and complain the minute your kid gets a B in the honors class at school or they don't get a starting position on their travel basketball team. The process is via the vote. That's when you have your greatest say. Email and phone all you want while things are going on. If you are unhappy, vote them it and vote others in. But for heaven's sake, quit feeling like you are all entitled to have input in every matter. 25,000 plus people in this city. We do it your way, we get 25,000 different ideas on how to do things. Cut the Board some slack. You all sound like a bunch of teachers. The only one on here posting who sees the big picture is Bob. And if all you got for a comeback for me is "it's our money", sorry, that bird won't fly with me. Quit griping and run then or shut up about it. If the only thing you can do is sound negative then stop. I'd rather the community not be fertilized by the crap being posted on here.
DJP November 19, 2012 at 01:22 AM
@Victor: If it's not "our money" whose money is it? The BOE? The Teachers? The Governments? Help me out here. Apparently I whine & gripe too much to know the answer.
Victor Viking November 19, 2012 at 05:16 AM
DJP - The way I see it, once I pay my taxes, it's not my money anymore. I can ask them (the BOE, whoever) to spend how I would like them to spend it via calling my elected representative & voicing my concern that way. However, it's going to be spent by the controlling body of government in a way they see benefitting the most people they represent, or I would hope that's the way they would do it. If I don't agree with it I exercise my right to vote. That's my voice, that's the part I play. The problem as I see it after reading months of posts on the negotiations and the levy is that everyone is so negative about how they see things progressing that they feel entitled to being involved in all decisions regarding all matters. That's why we elect people to the Board of Education or other offices. Now, if you don't like what they are doing, use the greatest tool we have, the power of the vote. Wanna know the really sad part? Why has it taken so long for people to take notice now? Where was everyone when home prices were going up and people had good paying jobs and people weren't losing their homes? While I think it's great that there are some people like TAXFACTS out there keeping these governing bodies accountable, let's be real. Isn't it our job as the tax payers to be doing that? Shouldn't we all bear that responsibility?
David November 27, 2012 at 06:16 AM
The things I read on the patch about taxes remind me about our country in general. No control in spending whatsoever. Just raise the taxes because that is the easiest way to do it. Sad.


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