OPRF teacher contract still in negotiation

Likely that 2018-19 school year will begin without agreement in place

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

The first day of school at Oak Park and River Forest High School is less than a week away, but it's unlikely that a teacher contract will be in place by then. 

Currently, members of OPRF's Faculty Senate, the District 200 administration and the District 200 Board of Education are negotiating a new contract. The most recent teacher contract was in effect for four years and expired at the close of the last school year.

During an Aug. 10 interview, D200 board President Jackie Moore said that the talks are progressing and school will start on time, despite there being no new contract in place. 

"All sides are working with the mindset of the best interest of our students," Moore said, adding that members of the 8-person negotiating team have been trying to coordinate their schedules over the last several weeks.

"Progress is being made," Moore said. When pressed for a timeline, she said that the timeline "is getting things right for our students." 

Representatives from the Faculty Senate could not be immediately reached for comment on Monday morning. 

CONTACT: michael@oakpark.com  

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Ramona Lopez  

Posted: August 16th, 2018 12:38 PM

Personally, I don't mind teachers making a good wage. What I don't agree with, is paying them that good wage for 30 years after they retire.

Neal Buer  

Posted: August 15th, 2018 3:06 PM

$24,000 per student per year. Let that sink in. The state requires that students attend school 800 hours per year. That means that taxpayers are paying $30 per hour per student. A lot of adults that live in Oak Park don't make $30 per hour. Are the taxpayers receiving value for their money? But, let's just build a bigger pool, and forget about reality.

Kevin Peppard  

Posted: August 15th, 2018 11:41 AM

This District is flying blind. You can look up the Operating Expense per Pupil (OEPP) online on the State Board;s website, and find that in Fiscal Year 2017 that it was almost $24,000. That has been growing at a rate 3% over the Consumer Price Index every year for the last seven years., even though the rest of the nations's schools have basically remained flat within that measure. These people don't even know where to find the statistics, and have no sense of economic reality. It took our new Superintendent two years to pass a math test to get licensed here.. Quit allowing excuses.

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