LETTER: Barrington 220 Board Reassures Community About Teacher Contract Talks

The BEA has authorized a potential work stoppage, but the school board is optimistic an agreement is forthcoming.

The Barrington 220 Board of Education understands members of the Barrington Education Association have authorized a potential work stoppage. We know this was a difficult and emotional decision for our teachers given the constructive and collaborative contract negotiations of the past eight months.

The Board of Education remains optimistic an agreement is forthcoming to continue a standard of quality and fairness that satisfies our teachers as well as our taxpayers.

The Board of Education is participating in these ongoing deliberations with a focus on fiscal responsibility and competitive compensation. We are again committed to balancing the budget on behalf of our constituents – including our teachers – despite economic uncertainties, unstable state revenues and an unclear legislative future.

Barrington 220 is a respected school system because of its high-achieving students, supportive taxpayers and especially because of its exceptional teachers and staff. The emphasis we give to learning and achievement is underscored by the value we place on the outstanding educators in our classrooms.

The preliminary actions and message of the BEA regarding a possible work stoppage do not mean families should make contingency childcare plans or that an unfortunate disruption to instruction is imminent. It simply means the Board of Education and the BEA have more work to do within the openminded and practical approach we have taken from the start. We believe maintaining this commitment with additional time and flexibility will be mutually beneficial to students, staff and stakeholders in Barrington 220.

Nellie H November 01, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Hang tough School Board. This is ridiculous. Put up the "Help Wanted" signs now.
pb November 01, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Of course.....it's so easy to replace them!! I'm sure anyone off the street is qualified to be in the classroom with our children. I mean teaching is such an easy job, right?!?! Give me a break!!!
Nellie H November 02, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Not just anybody...but there are plenty of graduates with teaching degrees that have been unable to break through the clogged teacher glut. They would LOVE to be given a chance and are eager to start their career. I know several....one is my daughter!
pb November 02, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Best of luck to your daughter in finding a job. It's very difficult out there. The current climate is not very supportive of teachers. My question to you though is, let's say she does get a job, she'll join the teacher's union, they will at some point have contract negotiations, perhaps they will become contentious and there is a vote to strike. Will you be saying fire them all then? Just wondering...


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