Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The new members of the District 124 Board of Education have started their terms.
After what can only be considered a long year, the District 124 School Board welcomed new faces to its ranks on May 1. Four new members were sworn in on the seven-person board. None of the incumbents up for reelection ran again in April. Julie Egan, Ray Richter, Gina Canon and Mary Pniewski were sworn in by current board president Kathy Rohan. The first action for the new board was to vote on officers. The three incumbents were unanimously selected to hold office. Kathy Rohan was once again voted in as president, Dawn McNamara will be vice president and Kim Leonard secretary. The new board members met last week for an orientation session and last month participated in a training session with Illinois Association of School Boards. …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Teachers will make up six of the eight strike days, district to forfeit two, state-required student attendance days.
The Evergreen Park Dist. 124 school board ratified the hard-fought teachers contract after more than a half-year of fruitless bargaining and an eight-day work stoppage that disrupted the education of 1,800 elementary school students. Sign up for the Evergreen Park Patch newsletter and breaking news alerts. Before board members voted on the four-year contract, there were harsh words from both sides of the spectrum at Wednesday’s special school board meeting at Central Junior High School. Students returned back to school on Monday. “I wanted to tell you how immensely disappointed I was in the board during negotiations the last two weeks,” Liz Gorman, the mother of eighth-grade triplets said during public comments. Gorman chastised the school…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The District 124 board of education will meet to vote on the contract agreement reached after a two week strike. The meeting is open to the public.
The Evergreen Park School District 124 board will meet Wednesday, Oct. 17 with the main agenda item being the vote on a new contract for teachers and paraprofessionals. After a two week strike an agreement was reached in the early morning hours of Oct. 12. Illinois Federation of Teachers union spokesman said that Evergreen Park teachers union's membership ratified the contract on Monday, 136-43. The meeting includes a portion open for public comments. A full copy of the agenda is included with this post. The board will meet at 6 p.m. at Central Junior High School. Read Full Strike Coverage
Monday, October 15, 2012
Let the end of the D124 teachers strike be the start of something positive for the Evergreen Park community.
After almost two weeks the Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124 teachers strike ended in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 12. It was a long two weeks for everyone. It was hard on the teachers, the school board, parents and most importantly, students. It’s not an easy thing for a community to go through. Neighbors were divided against neighbors, with differing views on what is fair not only for the district but for the whole of Evergreen Park. It’s something that has the potential to create deep and continuing divides. Throughout the tense negotiations harsh words were bandied about on both sides. Neither side ended up with everything, or probably much of what they wanted. That's the nature of a strike and labor …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Rev. Yvette Marie Eber, pastor of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Evergreen Park, calls for a time of community healing.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Dear Editor & Evergreen Park, With it seeming that school will open Monday in Evergreen Park, the question is what do we fear now? Do professionals and paraprofessionals fear going back into buildings with administrators who are angry with them? Do they fear the human punishment of changed relationship? Do administrators fear that classrooms discussions will cloud how they are seen? How do parent's feel post-strike and what lingering anger is in the community? Does the school board feel tense about the first meeting post-strike? Now is the time for us to fight the human tendency to punish. We have to push ourselves beyond our instinctual feelings into actions that will make us proud of community. We need the people inside the …
The Evergreen Park teachers' strike has ended after nine days.
Previously: The Evergreen Park Federation of Teachers and D124 school board bargaining teams spent most of Wednesday’s nine-hour negotiation session quibbling over the introductory “what if” language in the union’s retirement package should changes be made to the state-run Teachers Retirement System. Subscribe to Evergreen Park Patch's newsletter and breaking news alerts. The Illinois General Assembly is poised to vote during next month’s fall veto session on whether the state should put its agreed upon contribution to the state's teachers pension fund back on local school districts. TRS maintains the state's unfunded pension liability is $44 billion. Teachers and paraprofessionals from the district’s five public grammar schools say that …
District 124 teachers are set to return to their classrooms on Monday after reaching a tentative agreement early Friday morning.
Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124 and the Evergreen Park Federation of Teachers have come to a tentative agreement meaning kids will be back in school on Monday. The union announced that after an 11-hour negotiation session that began at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, a tentative agreement between the two sides has been reached. "We are thankful that we will be back in school on Monday with our students. We have missed them," the statement posted to the union's Facebook page reads. No details of the agreement have been released. Standing together in front of news cameras early Friday morning after the deal had been reached, both Board President Kathy Rohan and Daneen Pajeau, of the Illinois Federation of Teachers remarked on the …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
As the board and teachers union continued talks, parents gathered Wednesday evening to ask questions of the board.
Parents gathered in front of television cameras and news reporters outside of Central Junior High School as contract talks dragged on and classrooms remain empty. The Latest News: Teacher Contract Talks Break Up at 2:30 a.m., No Deal Tim Scanlon organized the parent gathering because he has grown frustrated with the school board's continued silence. He had hopes that a representative would be on hand to talk with parents Wednesday night. "We don't want to blame the school board," Scanlon said. "But we think they've polarized the community by setting up the strike in this way and not continuing negotiations in a fair-minded way. We need some answers." Sign up for Evergreen Park's newsletter and breaking news alerts. Liz Larmon has …
The Evergreen Park teachers union and D124 school board ended Wednesday's bargaining session with no deal. Talks set to resume Thursday.
After a cold day on the picket line on Wednesday, the Evergreen Park Federation of Teachers bargaining team went off into another negotiation session with Dist. 124 school board in attempt to end the week-old teachers strike. Sign up for Evergreen Park breaking news alerts. Both sides entered contract talks at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and negotiated until 2:30 a.m. Thursday. A message on the Evergreen Park Federation of Teachers Facebook page said that the school board called off negotiations for the night. Contract talks will resume again at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Before the union went back into a huddle with school board members, parents held a press conference in front of Central Junior High School, demanding answers from the school board. The …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
As the Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124 strike continues, union leaders held a forum to answer questions about the work stoppage. No deal was reached Monday night.
It was a full house as a portion of the Evergreen Park Federation of Teachers negotiating team set out to answer questions from the community about the current state of contract talks and the reasons behind their walkout. Sign up for Evergreen Park's newsletter and breaking news alerts. The forum was organized by the union with an impartial moderator and members of the school board were invited to attend. No district officials were in attendance, however negotiations between the rest of the union's team and board members continued throughout Monday evening and into the late hours of the night. The board and union ended negotiations at 12:30 a.m. without an agreement. According to a statement from the union, the board offered no economic …