Update - 5:45 p.m.
Contraditicing a community forum release from the Evergreen Park Federation of Teachers, the Dist. 124 Board of Education won't be attending Monday's community forum at American Legion Post 854 on Monday.
Teachers and paraprofessionals from the district's five public grammar schools have been on strike since Tuesday. The Evergreen Park teachers union and D124 school board are attempting to reach a final agreement on a new teachers' contract.
D124 Superintendent Dr. Robert Machak said that both he and school board memembers were both disappointed by Illinois Federation of Teachers field services director Deneen Pajeau's invitation to the community forum prior to another contract negotiation session scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday.
"It suggests to the board that the union has no intention of negotiating in earnest tonight or over the weekend to reach agreement so that students can return to school on Tuesday. The board believes that until the parties have settled the negotiations, the board and union's best efforts are spent at the negotiations table so that students can return to school as soon as possible."
Machak said that he and school board memebrs would be working on Monday, if necessary, to reach an agreement with on a new contract for the district's teachers and paraprofessionals.
"The board is not involved with [the community forum]," Machak said.
Evergreen Park Patch will be updating Friday's contract negotiation session after both sides have finished for the evening.
The Evergreen Park Federation of Teachers has organized a community forum in which members of the union and Dist. 124 Board of Education will address parents' and community concerns about the ongoing teacher's strike contract negotiations.
The teachers union and school board will both be provided with a platform to deliver information and and answer questions from the audience. The forum is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. at the Evergreen Park American Legion Post 854 located at 9701 S. Kedzie Ave.
Evergreen Park D124 teachers and paraprofessionals have been on strike since Tuesday.