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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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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