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District 308 Contract Negotiations Set to Continue Dec. 11

The Oswego Education Association will offer a counter proposal at the meeting.

The Oswego 308 School Board and the Oswego Education Association (OEA) will meet Tuesday, Dec. 11, to continue to discuss contract negotiations.

OEA president Darla Medernach said at that time the OEA will present a counter proposal, as requested by the school board.

The OEA opted not to put the board’s previous proposal to a vote by their membership back on Nov. 16.

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The board’s proposal included a .5 percent, 1 percent and 1.5 percent increase over three years on a three-year contract for all teachers with lane increases but no salary step increases.

Board President Bill Walsh said in terms of the step increases teachers would still receive that year’s service credit and the salary schedule would have no impact on the teacher’s seniority within the district or the Teacher Retirement System (TRS).

“The board appreciates all the administration and staff and teachers,” said Walsh. “Unfortunately, this economy puts financial constraints on how the board can show their great appreciation in dollars.”

The previous proposal also included work hours for high school teachers who switched to 8-flex scheduling from block scheduling.

The board had proposed the flexibility to assign teachers six instructional periods with one prep period or five instructional periods with one prep plus one supervision period.

The OEA originally requested to keep the current scheduling, which includes five periods of classroom instructional time, one prep period, one supervision period and one duty-free lunch period.

“Both parties want what is best for the students and to provide the best education for the students,” said Walsh. “I hope we can come to a resolution that everyone feels is fair.” 

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Walt Hines December 04, 2012 at 02:09 AM
JimmyJ I wish nothing but the best for you and your family! If we only had that crystal ball I'm sure we could all have made different choices at some point in our lives. Hoping that someday we'll all see some kind of change in the market. I don't think it will ever be what is was but that's probably a good thing. May you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!
JimmyJ December 04, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Thanks Walt the same to you. Community Resident sorry but since you are not a wanna be you probably don't have the attitude. Lots of nice folks there and outstanding schools. Oswego and D308 tried to keep up with the Jones rather than focus on itself. All the benefits of napervile at half the price. Maybe naperville was behind it. LOL
concerned parent December 04, 2012 at 03:59 AM
I would say they need.to cut money from Distance 308 transportation department. Do you really need a director of transportation and a transportation manager and someone over mechanics. Or even have a transportation department. They should out source all there routes and extinguish their union drivers and there benefits they have to pay out to their drivers and save that money and cost. Out source all their school routes. They should also cut a lot of the deans at the schools remember when the principals were in charge of disapline u didn't need 2, 3, or 4 deans at a school. Also why do all the deans need assistants? A lot of wasted salaries in district 308.
Oswego Resident December 04, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Remember when the schools only had 600 - 700 students? And blackboards? Most kids worked on the farm (hence the summer break) and only needed the basic three R's. Seems we have moved a long way from the Little White School House. But so has the rest of the world. What would you propose that the suddenly unemployed district workers do for a living, CP?
Herm December 10, 2012 at 05:06 PM
The reason that a bird with its head buried in the sand is used for a cop out is because it is very discriptive. Even with its head in the sand, life goes on, progress happens, things change, towns grow. Oswego has gone from a sleepy little village to a pretty big town in the 40+ years I have lived here. I've seen the growth. In the process of growing, I've been able to meet some real quality folks. It has been a good experience. We happen to be in an area that was very attractive and people moved in. New blood, new thinking, new viewpoints. To me that is progress. I still love Oswego, and now I get to share it with new friends. We are not even close to being perfect, but we can get along and keep the community a good place to raise our families. I've always thought that some people seem to think there are only two perfect places to live. 1-Where they just moved from and, 2- Where they are moving next. Where they live now always seems to be a poor number 3

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