Hinsdale High School District 86 Board President Richard Skoda said Monday the board has upped its offer to the Hinsdale High School Teachers Association from a raise of 1.7 percent in the first year of the contract to an average of 2.8 percent.
Salaries in subsequent years of the proposed four-year contract would be a portion of the consumer price index, Skoda said.
The board relinquished its plan to eliminate the salary schedule, which gives teachers and certified staff automatic annual raises for each year they work, plus increases for additional education.
“We were told over and over again the association was happy with the progress being made,” Skoda said.
Representatives of the district and association met from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Skoda said.
Another meeting has not yet been scheduled, but Skoda said district officials are willing to meet with union representatives on short notice.
Skoda said other terms of the latest proposal are for the teachers’ share of health insurance premiums to rise from 12 percent last year to 15 percent in the new school year. By the fourth year of the proposed contract, the teachers’ share of health insurance costs would rise to 20 percent.
The proposed contract would phase out the salary hikes of 6 percent in each of the last four years before a teacher retires, Skoda said.
The School Board voted 4-3 to put an advisory referendum on the November ballot, asking whether voters are in favor of end-of-career salary hikes, which in essence boost the pension they will receive.
Skoda and board members Victor Casini, Claudia Manley and Edward Corcoran, who participated in the meeting via telephone because he was on a business meeting, voted to proceed with the advisory referendum.
People who support the teachers met en masse outside before the public meeting began at Hinsdale South High School, with signs that read: “’Eighty-six’ the majority. Keep excellence in our schools.”
Joan Brandeis, a Darien parent of a Hinsdale South senior and a 2014 graduate, said the demonstration was intended to be a “collective visual” protesting the trend of the district to hire new and lower paid teachers, spend money on non-education related matter and behave in an unprofessional manner.
“They promoted a zero tax levy, and now they have to live with their actions,” said Anne Christenson of Darien, who joined the demonstration.
Peter Cirjakovic, a Hinsdale South senior, who was there holding a protest sign, said he wanted to show the teachers, “We are behind them with their negotiations.”Tags: Hinsdale District 86