And, here it is:
“The District 300 Board of Education and LEAD 300 negotiation teams met from 8 a.m. to approximately 4:45 p.m. today (Monday, Dec. 3), with the assistance of a federal mediator, to discuss outstanding contractual issues. The Board agreed to LEAD’s latest proposal this morning to further reduce class sizes at all grade levels and create class size caps for middle and high school classes. The LEAD team then increased its salary proposal by returning to an earlier salary request.
“The Board’s proposal equates to $15 million over current spending levels for the life of the 3-year contract. This includes salaries, benefits, class size reductions, and other collective bargaining matters. The Board agreed with LEAD’s proposal from this morning regarding class sizes, staff recall rights, bullying policy, and the number of students in lab-based classrooms.
“The Board agreed to LEAD’s proposal from this morning on class sizes and committed to hiring approximately 60 teachers. There is no agreement on salaries. The Board’s latest offer will require the District to deficit spend for the next three years. The Board has agreed to this proposal without knowing the financial impact of potential pension reform and future state funding levels.
“Despite today’s progress in negotiations, LEAD has advised the Board that they will be going on strike tomorrow, Tuesday, December 4. District 300 schools will be closed tomorrow, and all school-sponsored events and activities are cancelled. The district will enact its Emergency Attendance Center plan tomorrow for students whose parents registered them in advance to participate.”
The Board’s latest offer included:
- 2012-2013: 3% salary increase (including step)
- 2013-2014: 2% salary increase (including step)
- 2014-2015: 3% salary increase (including step)
CLASS SIZE / WORKING CONDITIONS
The Board agreed with LEAD’s proposal from this morning (Dec. 3) to reduce class sizes at all grade levels, and also to establish class caps for the first time at the middle and high school levels to improve teaching conditions. This would require the District to hire approximately 60 teachers, as follows:
- At the elementary level, add approximately 40 teachers over the next two years:
- The maximum number of students per class (K-2) will be 27 students in 2013-2014 and 26 students beginning in 2014-2015.
- The maximum number of students per class (3-5) will be 30 students in 2013-2014 and 29 students beginning in 2014-2015.
- At the middle school level, add 10 teachers in 2013-2014:
- Cap the number of students per class, excluding PE and music, at 32 students in 2013-2014 and 31 students beginning in 2014-2015. (Currently there are no caps for middle school class sizes.)
- The additional 10 teachers would help to reduce class sizes.
- At the high school level, add 10 teachers in 2013-2014:
- Cap the number of students per class, excluding PE and music, at 32 students in 2013-2014 and 31 students beginning in 2014-2015. (Currently there are no caps for high school class sizes.)
- The 10 additional teachers will be utilized to create a new nine-period schedule, which will not change student course loads but will improve teacher working conditions. Teachers (except PE and music) will now teach five classes daily plus one period of supervision.
The Board modified its Nov. 29 retirement incentive proposal. The retirement incentive would expire at the end of this 3-year contract, as follows:
- 2012-2013: 6% increase over Illinois Teachers Retirement System (TRS) creditable earnings for each of the four years prior to retirement
- 2013-2014: 3% increase over TRS creditable earnings for each of the four years prior to retirement
- 2014-2015: 3% increase over TRS creditable earnings for each of the four years prior to retirement
There would be no change to overall insurance benefits, with the exception that if the annual increase to insurance costs is projected to exceed 14% then the D300 Insurance Committee (which includes LEAD members) will meet to determine changes in the insurance design plan.
If the committee does not agree on design changes, the Board and employees enrolled in the plan will split 50/50 any increase over 14%.
NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION
The Board maintained its Nov. 29 proposal regarding additional compensation to teachers in possession of National Board Certification, as follows. For teachers currently holding National Board Certification, the Board proposed phasing out the extra pay of 7% of their annual salary.
Currently, teachers who earn National Board Certification receive a 7% increase to their annual salary. The new contract would phase out this benefit for current certificate holders, as follows:
- 2012-2013: extra pay of 6% of annual salary
- 2013-2014: extra pay of 5% of annual salary
- 2014-2015: extra pay of 2.5% of annual salary
- Teachers who achieve National Board Certification after March 1, 2013, will receive an annual stipend of $1,200.
- Any teacher who decides by March 1, 2013, not to continue pursuing this certification would be reimbursed for personal certification-related expenses up to $3,000.