The Geneva Board of Education has called a special meeting for Wednesday, Oct. 17, for an executive session to discuss the teachers union contract negotiations.
The notice includes a time period for public comments and says action is possible after the meeting. However, the primary reason for the meeting appears to be the executive session, which is board discussion that is not open to the public.
School officials announced Friday that the union negotiations were declared at an impasse, action that School Superintendent Kent Mutchler described as "disheartening" in an email announcement via 304Connects.
"The fact that the teacher’s union has declared impasse suggests that they have concluded that nothing can be gained by future negotiations," Mutchler said in that email.
The Geneva CUSD 304 Board of Education will submit its best and final offer to the GEA and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board by Oct. 19, according the the statement on 304Connects. The offer will be posted on the Geneva School District website and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board website on or about Oct. 26.
The special meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Coultrap facility and is primarily focused on establishing what the "final offer" will be, School Board President Mark Grosso said in a brief phone conversation late Monday morning.
Grosso said the public comments portion of the meeting probably would be limited to just a few minutes prior to the board's adjournment to executive session.
He said the the district's final offer is required to be published on the state of Illinois Labor Relations Board website.
"It’s going to be out there so the public can see what the offer is," Grosso said. "It's my understiand is that it has to be published by Friday."