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.