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UPDATE: Geneva School Board Calls Special Meeting to Discuss Teacher Negotiations

The meeting agenda calls for an executive session to consider matters pertaining to collective negotiation.

The Geneva Board of Education has called a special meeting for Wednesday, Oct. 17, for an executive session to discuss the teachers union contract negotiations.

The notice includes a time period for public comments and says action is possible after the meeting. However, the primary reason for the meeting appears to be the executive session, which is board discussion that is not open to the public.

School officials announced Friday that the union negotiations were declared at an impasse, action that School Superintendent Kent Mutchler described as "disheartening" in an email announcement via 304Connects.

"The fact that the teacher’s union has declared impasse suggests that they have concluded that nothing can be gained by future negotiations," Mutchler said in that email.

The Geneva CUSD 304 Board of Education will submit its best and final offer to the GEA and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board by Oct. 19, according the the statement on 304Connects. The offer will be posted on the Geneva School District website and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board website on or about Oct. 26.

The special meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Coultrap facility and is primarily focused on establishing what the "final offer" will be, School Board President Mark Grosso said in a brief phone conversation late Monday morning.

Grosso said the public comments portion of the meeting probably would be limited to just a few minutes prior to the board's adjournment to executive session.

He said the the district's final offer is required to be published on the state of Illinois Labor Relations Board website.

"It’s going to be out there so the public can see what the offer is," Grosso said. "It's my understiand is that it has to be published by Friday."

Ben October 18, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Tom - there's no denying your family income is derived from a public union teacher salary, right? Try to have a litle compassion for those who are more concerned about being able to stay in our homes and keep our children in these phenomenal Geneva schools. (and please don't tell me to 'move if you can't afford it')
Sue J October 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Dwight I was at the meeting last night. I arrived at the last minute and didn't realize you had to fill something out to speak. I had prepared something. However, I did write the board with my name and address and told them that their main concern should be fiscal responsibility and should consider the taxpayers. Thank you for your representation
Robert Jr. October 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Absolutely- Thank you teachers! Now let's talk financial reform, accountability, and fiscal restraint. As for threats to shutting down our school system and for following the demands of the IEA and GEA, NO THANKS. Yes - the teaching is great! Yes- it sucks to have pay freeze Yes - it sucks that it can even happen to union employees, as it has to everyone else Yes- you can support teachers and NOT support pay increases... This is not about disrespect for the teachers ... this is about fiscal restraint and acknowledging that the teachers are well-paid with great benefits. There is nothing to feel insulted about - tax payers are not beholden to constant price increases - and we need to assume our role in democracy and governance, which is to express ourselves and control costs, so we have a long term stability - that is why people move into our community.
DJP October 18, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Dwight, I am so sorry we could not be there to help support you because despite what you wrote, the majority of the TAXPAYERS were not able to attend the meeting because many of us were too busy trying to make ends meet! This better go to a vote by the taxpayers because if the BOE chooses to cave in to teacher-thugs & their demands, rest assured our voices will not be silenced. We will fight and REPEAL this decision.
AreWeThereYet October 18, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Dwight Many of us wrote letters or emails (using real names) to the BOE to make our point. You don't have to show up at a meeting and speak publicly to make a point or to have your voice be heard on important issues. We chose to write an email, rather then going to the board meeting, so that my family could 1) finish work and commute home 2) prepare and eat dinner, 3) help kids with homework 4) get the kids ready for bed, 5) do household chores, 6) and finish up office work at home (after hours, no extra stipend for that!). Lack of attendance does NOT equate with lack of interest. There are only so many hours in a day.

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