Classes to resume in Grayslake after tentative teachers pact
SUN-TIMES MEDIA January 21, 2013 4:40PM
Grayslake School District 8th grade teacher Lauren Raphael of Northbrook walks the picket line with an American Flag during the teachers strike. | Thomas Delany Jr.~ Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 23, 2013 6:29AM
After a three-day walkout by Grayslake teachers, students report back to class Tuesday after the teachers’ union reached a tentative agreement with Community Consolidated School District 46.
Teachers’ union leaders plan to talk to members this week about the new two-year contract bfore scheduling a ratification vote.
Students already had a scheduled day off Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The school board and the teachers’ negotiating team hammered out the settlement in a marathon bargaining session that began Sunday night and ending just after midnight Monday, ending the three-day walkout.
Jim Pergander, representative for the Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504, said the negotiating team did not have enough time to present the offer to union members because they have been catching up on sleep. He said they will set a date soon for the ratification vote.
“This tentative agreement is indicative of our shared dedication and commitment to working together to meet the needs of all members of the District 46 community — teachers, students, families and taxpayers,” said Ray Millington, District 46 board president. The school board is expected to ratify the contract within the next week or so.
“The important thing is students will be back in school and teachers will be back in the classroom,” Pergander said.