A Friend of McHenry County Blog, John Pletz, provides the following information about the Crystal Lake High School Board’s teachers’ contract action last night:
4 to 2, teachers win 12% over 3 year
“2019 through 2022 agreement between the board of education and the education association.”
The agenda called it the “Approval of Professional Negotiation Agreement”
Rosemary [Kurtz]made a motion to delay the vote on the contract for one month.
It died for a lack of a second.
Superintendent [Steve] Olson did a highlighted overview reading of the agreement.
- 3.87% the first year
- 3.86%, the second year and
- 3.87% the 3rd year.
So, when compounded over 3 years it would be a total of 12%.
This would include salaries and benefits.
The last few years of spiking will be held at only 3% per year till their unrevokeable retirement occurs.
The union fair share dues were removed from the contract per law.
When Jason [Blake] read the legal language and then he corrected himself to, “The 2019-2022 agreement between the board of education and the education association.”
[Dave] Secrest asked him to read the name again and he read the same, “The 2019-2022 agreement between the board of education and the education association.”
Dave [Secrest] said that was what if has always been called the “professional agreement” [Board YouTube Channel at 2:42:00.]
He said he did this because of a few public comment speakers brought up that it was not clear that it was the teachers’ contract by wording it as “Approval of Professional Negotiation Agreement.”
Jake [Justen, a candidate for the school board] said it was using euphemistic words, not clearly understandable as what it was.
I also said it was not clear and I was going to ask what it was at the original meeting on Tuesday and suggested the make it more understandable by adding teacher contract or something, rather than “Professional Negotiation Agreement.”
Even the Northwest Herald read that before the meeting and didn’t see it as a bargaining contract.
So, the Herald called D 155 for clarification and yes, it was the teacher’s contract.
Scott Coffey, the School District 26’s Board President was the first one to catch it as the union teacher’s contract, otherwise, it would have slipped through with no public notice.
Scott Coffey is also running for a D 155 Board seat.
He helped turn D 26 around and saved it from being taken over by the state because of poor fiscal management.
These negotiations were ongoing, behind closed doors, for 6 months.
No public notice at all.
The contract was ratified by the teachers on Friday, January 18th, which would have been voted on by the board on Tuesday the 22nd.
The 22nd meeting was postponed till Thursday the 24th of January 2019.
The public, taxpayers, never knew about the contract negotiations, never got a chance to hear them and didn’t know what it was like until it was read tonight minutes before the board’s vote.
Before she voted, Rosemary recites the oath of office she took:
“I shall respect the taxpayer’s interests by serving as a faithful protector of the school district assets”
and so I am voting no.
Ron Ludwig; no; Nicole Pavoris, yes; Adam Guss, yes; Jason Blake, yes; Dave Secrest, yes.
Amy Blazier was absent.
When the reading was done by Adam Guss, he called it, “The 2019-2022 Agreement between the board of education and the education association.”
Many of the public comment speakers also mentioned the conflict of interest the board has.
One called a number of board members to abstain from the vote on this agreement.
For clarification, all 7 board members have teacher connections.
One retired teacher, 2 have wives who teach, one teacher board member has two children in D 155, one board member has a child on the payroll, and one has a relationship through a marriage connection. Her connection has long ago retired and has become the most respected patriarch in our community.