The District 97 Board of Education and the Oak Park Teachers’ Association (OPTA)  announced that they’ve reached a tentative agreement on a new teacher contract, according to joint statement D97 officials released on May 21. 

The two sides said that over the past six months they’ve “discussed and agreed on terms on a number of critical issues,” including: evaluations, sick leave, sick bank, school day work day, National Board Certification and stipends. 

“Thanks to the tireless efforts of our negotiating teams, we believe we have produced a contract that honors the hard work of our remarkable teaching staff and will help foster their continued success; will aid in the advancement of our vision for the district; underscores our collective commitment to fiscal stewardship; and, most importantly, will enable us to meet the needs of the more than 6,000 students we are proud to serve on a daily basis,” officials said in the statement. 

The OPTA is scheduled to discuss the tentative agreement with its members on May 29 and a vote on the contract’s ratification is scheduled for May 30. If the union ratifies the agreement, the D97 school board will vote on whether or not to approve it at a special meeting scheduled for June 1 at 8 a.m. 

“We will keep the community updated on the status of this situation and thank you for your continued support of our schools, staff members and students,” D97 officials wrote in the statement.

Michael Romain

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