School Still Scheduled for Monday in Geneva

Despite Friday's declaration that Geneva teachers will strike on Monday, school is scheduled for Monday in hopes that an 11th-hour agreement can be struck.

School District 304 sent an e-blast Saturday saying school is still scheduled for Monday, in hopes of an 11th hour agreement.

The Geneva Education Association on Friday set a strike date for Monday, Nov. 12, but the Geneva Board of Education and the Geneva Education Association have a negotiation session on Sunday.

In the event of a strike, School District officials "will make every attempt to notify families by 5:30 a.m. on Monday using the district’s emergency notification system," the press release said.

Information will also continue to be posted on the Board’s negotiations update webpage, and distributed through 304Connects and the local media. 

In the event of a strike on Monday:

  • Regular classes and most extracurricular activities will be cancelled.  Students will not be required or expected to attend.
  • The school buildings will be kept open during the school day.  School personnel will supervise age-appropriate activities in each of our elementary schools, one of our middle schools (Geneva Middle School South) for all middle school students, and our high school.
  • Buses will follow a regular schedule each day of a strike.
  • A limited school lunch menu will be offered for purchase.
  • Specific entrances will be designated at each building for students to avoid picketing teachers.
  • Mid-Valley Special Education classes will be held.  The Geneva Park District preschool program (Friendship Station) will also continue to operate for all students.  High school students who attend classes at the Fox Valley Career Center will be expected to attend their classes at the career center.


To help school officials with planning, please call (630)463-3088 if you intend to send your child(ren) to school during a teacher strike.  


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Sue J November 11, 2012 at 09:59 PM
The Truth since you seem to have an abundance of knowledge on tenure. How many tenured teachers have been dismissed?
Doug Lassiter November 11, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Sue, I drew no conclusion, only presented the facts. See previous post. You aren't playing nice.
Sue J November 11, 2012 at 10:09 PM
You presented part of the facts. You made a comparison of one salary to household income in attempt to make the salary look lower. Give us all of the stats. How many two income families are in Geneva? In my neighborhood alone most of the households are two income. You know what you were doing. Why don't you play nice.
Grace F November 11, 2012 at 10:21 PM
The community cannot afford to pay more. Plain and simple.
Rudy November 12, 2012 at 12:56 AM
The truth, You sound like an angry child! Your Boss says no raise for you! You now have options find another job or do the one you have at the rate We tell you to do it at. Thanks and if this upsets you please don't let the door hit you in your posterior.
G.Ryan November 12, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Well, Thomas it answers the question...you don't reside here in Geneva.
G.Ryan November 12, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Thank you Mr. Lassiter but please could you cite your reference of data? Thank you.
G.Ryan November 12, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Kathy according to Mr. Kent Mutchler from a Freedon of Information Act request dated 11/2/12 there are 140 teachers within the Geneva School District boundaries. However, this stat did not mention whether they were all property tax contributors.
G.Ryan November 12, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Happy Veteran's Day to all. Thank you to all who have served and fought for this great country. You are our special "heroes" and will never be forgotten. We honor all of you. God Bless you and America.
Tom Fortune November 12, 2012 at 01:37 AM
GRyan...As much as I agree...why would you post that on this blog? Kind of random.
G.Ryan November 12, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Because Mr. Fortune it is their day to give thanks and perhaps there are folks on this blog who have loved ones in the military or have friends in the military and I want to thank them. Let us not forget their service to us and our nation. With all this blogging I did not want them to go unnoticed.
Julie November 12, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Hey Everyone...check out this fine invitation I just got from the lovely Mr. Fortune on an old article. I bet many people would like to meet him....am I correct? I told him I'd be happy to meet him...but it has to be after 5 since I won't be taking the day off to support the teachers as he states he is. Hey...wait...how does Tom F know he would be able to support them in the picket line tomorrow? Here is his post: Tom Fortune 7:31 pm on Sunday, November 11, 2012 Hey Julie- I'm going to take the day off so I can support the Geneva teachers. Will you be out there? I would LOVE to meet you face to face and have a chat!
Julie November 12, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Fortune doesn't understand why because all he cares about is himself. I think it's nice that you posted that and it's a reminder of those who fought and sometimes gave their lives for our freedom...you know...like when we can all feel free to post our personal opinions on here!
Bruce Wallace Dienst November 12, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Geneva is a relatively affluent community. I believe we all desire and would be willing to pay an above market salary for above average educators. The existing compensation system doesn't allow for that. Any system that results in a driver Ed teacher or an elementary school librarian earnIng $100k+ is not properly rewarding high value educators. The system is broken. Its indefensable. Junk it. Start over.
Beth Ward November 12, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Julie, If you do go meet him, I'd take some backup. He'll be the one in the green shirt! Thank you to all of the board member's families, who have given up time with their moms, dads, wives, husbands for weeks. This is really beyond what anyone can expect from an unpaid volunteer. It's Sunday night, and I bet they'd love to be spending some family time together...not meeting with the GEA. I appreciate your sacrifice!
Julie November 12, 2012 at 02:25 AM
I'm bringing a Uhaul...
G.Ryan November 12, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Also, Mr. Lassiter does this include income of the retired avg family as there are a % of retired senior citizens on fixed income and I wonder where that fits in your data sample.
Beth Ward November 12, 2012 at 02:55 AM
And I'm bringing Jeff Ward.
Julie November 12, 2012 at 02:59 AM
@beth. Lololololololol
Silence Dogood November 12, 2012 at 03:50 AM
OK, The Truth - I apologize. I did not MEAN to make a false statement. You called me on it, I read your post, and I did some additional research. YOU ARE CORRECT REGARDING TENURE AND DISMISSAL. I was overzealous and I did misstate my case. Please allow me to rephrase, based upon your clarifications and some reading I've done, and see if I better understand things. A teacher without tenure that is found to be unsatisfactory by an administrator may be dismissed, and that would be within a year of when they are deemed to perform in a sub-par fashion, as they are evaluated yearly. It is an employee at will situation. A teacher with tenure (I believe that is after 4 years?) is given a performance review every 2 years. Let us say the teacher is rated as unsatisfactory. Within 30 days a “remediation plan” must be developed to correct the deficiencies. They are now evaluated and rated once every 30 days during the 90 school day remediation period. Then a final evaluation is issued and administered 10 days after the conclusion of the remediation plan. (So I do apologize. Let me affirm, as I have written above, that there DOES EXIST a "process" whereby a tenured teacher that is found to be unsatisfactory "can be" dismissed.)
Silence Dogood November 12, 2012 at 03:51 AM
BUT, historically the reality of the situation is, once a teacher receives tenure, the probability of said teacher actually being dismissed for any reason short of endangerment or gross negligence toward students is highly unlikely. Assume we have gone through the procedures to the point of the final evaluation. If the teacher is rated satisfactory at the end of the regular evaluation schedule, he or she is returned to the regular evaluation schedule. HOWEVER, If the rating is still unsatisfactory at the end of the remediation period, the teacher MUST BE DISMISSED (emphasis added) , subject to the protections given under appropriate dismissal statutes. Once dismissed the teacher has 10 days in which to request that a hearing be scheduled. The procedures, the time and costs involved for this district to bring such a case through the subsequent hearing process are not taken lightly. Each side has the right to call witnesses and present documentary evidence. Both sides have a right to be represented by counsel and to cross-examine each other’s witnesses. All testimony is taken under oath and transcribed. All this in the hope to finally reach a conclusion wherein the dismissal is affirmed is typically outweighed by the easier solution of just reassigning said teacher to a position where they are are less likely to 'cause difficulties'. Would that be a more accurate assessment of the situation?
Tony Pronenko November 12, 2012 at 03:51 AM
It is pretty disappointing that neither patch nor the Geneva Schools websites (which should be providing the local community with breaking news) could not give us what CBS could. See link: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/11/11/geneva-teachers-strike-looms/
Tony Pronenko November 12, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Of course, this may be "jumping the gun" a bit, and the article is just "projecting" but I still think if you read between the lines the strike is going to happen. It is ridiculous that they (teachers) are asking for what they are. Most people have not seen a raise for a couple years, and at the percentages that teachers are seeking.... wow!
Bob McQuillan November 12, 2012 at 04:18 AM
AAH! Teacher strike... Huh... Good God y'all! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Say it, say it, say it! Teacher Strike... Huh...! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Listen to me: Teacher strike ain't nothing but a community breaker Teacher strikes hurt students, that’s the forgotten one Teacher strikes have shattered many a parent’s dreams Makes teachers bitter and mean Life is but too surely precious, to spend fighting teacher strikes Teacher strikes can't give harmony, it can only take it away! AAH! Teacher strikes... Huh... Good God y'all! What are they good for? Absolutely nothing! Say it again Teacher strikes... Huh... Lord, Lord, Lord... What it is a good for? Absolutely nothing! Listen to me: Teacher strikes It ain't nothing but a community breaker Teacher strikes friend only to the union Defined pensions, retirement spikes and understanding tell me, is there a place for these today? They say we must strike to keep our benefits, but Lord knows there's got to be a better way Teacher strikes... Huh... Good God y'all! What is it good for? You tell me! Say it, say it, say it, say it! War... Good God now... Huh! What is it good for? Stand up and stop it!
Stacy November 12, 2012 at 05:01 AM
I don't understand why at 8:00 they didn't call off school for tomorrow while they kept negotiating. My son can't fall asleep wondering whether or not there is school tomorrow and he starts at 7am. These kids need their sleep and they need not be worrying about whether or not they have school. This 5:30 am thing is silly. At this point, NO ONE is thinking about the kids.
Magnus November 12, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Parents are thinking about the kids. The teachers sure as heck are not. Boy, all those nice conferences we had and helping out in your classroom - now you throw me and my child under the bus for what??? A big fat retirement and a promise of a six figure salary??? I have lost all respect for you!! Yes, you'll probably get most of waht you want - because you have the union leveraging your position - but you know what? If I can't be bothered to help you in the classroom, or I don't smile all nice and sweet on 'back to school night' - it's because you've shown your true colors. Enjoy your money - I feel stupid for thinking you were ever motivated by anything else.
Silence Dogood November 12, 2012 at 06:02 AM
You go on strike, only for a moment, and the damage's done Step and Lane, pass before my eyes, right into history Dust in the wind, GEA is dust in the wind Same old song, asking for increases quite incessantly All they do is, lead their flock to ruin, though they refuse to see Dust in the wind, GEA is dust in the wind Don't walk out, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky It slips away, all your striking won't a better deal buy Dust in the wind, GEA is dust in the wind
Nelson November 12, 2012 at 06:04 AM
@ The Truth. From 1990 to 2008, only 142 tenured teachers were dismissed in Illinois out of a total of approximately 138,000 public school teachers in the state for any given year. This is a .1% dismissal rate. It is nearly impossible to get a tenured teacher dismissed. I can only imagine the quality and character of the 142 who were let go, and the NEA and IEA needless to say fought each charge regardless of the evidence of inadequacy or even worse. Teachers unions are not concerned about children. They are paid dues to represent the interests of teachers. In Geneva, my son has had two lousy teachers, one slightly above average teacher, and one excellent teacher in his four years in District 304. So far, I do not consider District 304's average to be contributing to the GEA's argument for more pay.
Bob McQuillan November 12, 2012 at 07:20 AM
How many green-shirted pickets must a student walk by Before you call it off? How many lanes must a teacher cross Before we say that’s enough? Yes, how many steps must the public pay for Before they're forever banned ? The answer taxpayer is blowin' in the wind The answer is blowin' in the wind. Yes, how many sick days can be given Before it's ridiculous? Yes, how many years can some people teach Before they're allowed to collect a pension? Yes, how many times can a parent turn his head Pretending he just doesn't see ? The answer taxpayer is blowin' in the wind The answer is blowin' in the wind. Yes, how many times must a 6% raise be given Before it can bankrupt a town? Yes, how much money must someone have Before he can hear people cry? Yes, how many strike days will it take till he knows That many people have lost respect for him? The answer taxpayer is blowin' in the wind The answer is blowin' in the wind.
Tony Pronenko November 12, 2012 at 03:25 PM
@Magnus. <clap, clap, clap> Thank you.


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