By Teachers, For Teachers
Education News: After a negotiating session that lasted until late Monday failed to reach an agreement, teachers in North Shore School District 112 said they would strike today, canceling classes for students in elementary and middle schools in Highland Park and Highwood.
"The (North Shore Education Association) thought that the North Shore School District 112 Board would be willing to come through with a contract that would continue to attract and retain the best teachers for the children of the Highland Park School District," the union said in a statement released at 12:15 a.m.
"The current offer by the Board would cause the NSSD112 teachers' highest salary to fall behind 18 other Lake County districts."
The district posted this message on its website:
"The North Shore School District 112 Board of Education and the teacher's union were unable to reach a settlement agreement in the October 15 negotiation session, and the union has called a strike. School will not be in session, and all district buildings will be closed, with the exception of Green Bay Early Childhood Center, Oak Terrace Elementary, and Northwood Junior High, which will remain open as activity centers for students who have pre-registered. All after-school and evening activities will also be suspended for the duration of the strike. Students who pre-registered for district activity centers may report to those centers today. Those families will receive a separate phone call or email with more information."
In a statement, School Board President Bruce Hyman faulted the union, but said the board was committed to reaching a deal.
"The Union responded to the Board's proposals without offering any meaningful movement, and then demanded that the Board counter its own proposal before midnight or face a strike," Hyman said.
"The Board remains committed to continuing negotiations," Hyman's statement said. "Board members still believe that it is possible to arrive at a fair settlement that will allow the District to live within its means, while at the same time providing its employees with competitive compensation, meaningful professional growth opportunities, and an excellent teaching and learning environment."
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