Grayslake Elementary District 46 Is Seeking Replacement Teachers to Work on a Te
Byline: Bob Susnjara firstname.lastname@example.org
Grayslake Elementary District 46 is seeking replacement teachers to work on a temporary basis should the regular instructors strike if they don't have a new contract by mid-January, officials announced Thursday.
District 46 issued a statement about the potential job availabilities but officials said they remain optimistic a new deal with the teachers union can be achieved before the strike date. They said they must be prepared if talks prove unsuccessful.
Lake County Federation of Teachers union business agent Jim Pergander said he perceives the call for applications as a sign District 46 doesn't plan to reach an agreement before the Jan. 16 strike date. He said both sides are trying to arrange a bargaining session for early January.
"It doesn't seem they're working in good faith with us right now," Pergander said. "We didn't expect this."
District 46, in its latest offer, proposes a two-year deal instead of a contract for only the 2012-13 academic season. Teachers still would not receive base salary hikes, but the proposal calls for a $1,000 stipend paid to them in the 2013-14 school year if they have not submitted a retirement notice.
While both sides agree on the contract length, they remain apart on compensation.
District 46 said in its statement the school board "may consider providing services to students during a strike, if feasible." The board is taking applications from "appropriately certified teachers" to temporarily replace instructors "who choose to participate in the strike."
It also says applications will be accepted from candidates interested in support staff positions -- such as reading assistants, nurses and secretaries -- covered by a separate union agreement. Though not at an impasse, District 46 says it "needs to be prepared" if negotiations for a new support staff union contract break down. …