Geneva School Board: Agreement Reached on 1st Year; Latest Offer to Be Posted Today

Another negotiation session is set for Sunday.

School District 304 issued a press release and eblast at around 12:05 p.m. Friday indicating the board made "substantial movement" during a 10-hour Thursday night negotiating session and questioning a reason for a strike.

The Board of Education and Geneva Education Association reached an agreement on the first year of the contract.

"With the current school year resolved, the Board of Education does not understand the GEA’s urgency to strike, as the union is effectively walking out over issues that would not take effect until the 2013-14 school year," the press release says.

The board disagrees with the statement in the press release issued earlier today (Friday) by GEA President Carol Young that it “rejected [the GEA’s] offers of compromise.” 

Here is the press release in full:

Negotiations Update Press Release 

The Board of Education and the Geneva Education Association continued negotiations for 10 hours on Thursday afternoon and evening with the help of a federal mediator. The parties also met for 8 hours on Tuesday in an effort to negotiate a new contract.

Upon ending negotiations Thursday, the Board of Education and GEA had come to agreement on all substantial issues relating to the first year of the new contract, as acknowledged by union President Carol Young in her Nov. 9 statement. With the first year of the contract effectively settled, and the federal mediator unable to meet on Monday due to the national holiday, the board agreed to meet on Tuesday, Nov. 13, having no indication that a strike would be called for Monday. 

With the current school year resolved, the Board of Education does not understand the GEA’s urgency to strike, as the union is effectively walking out over issues that would not take effect until the 2013-14 school year. 

Contrary to the GEA’s characterization of the Board of Education as having “rejected [the GEA’s] offers of compromise,” the board feels it has negotiated in good faith and has made substantial movement in its offers. The latest offer given to the GEA on Thursday will be posted later today on the district’s website

With the news of the GEA’s intent to walk off the job on Monday, Board President Mark Grosso reached out to union President Carol Young and scheduled a negotiating session for Sunday. The board remains committed to negotiating an agreement that is good for students, fair to teachers and fiscally responsible. 

Updates on the negotiations process and strike planning will continue to be posted on the board’s negotiations webpage and communicated to families through the district’s emergency notification system. 


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Silence Dogood November 10, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Gee, DK, really? nice try, though. http://vocabulary-vocabulary.com/dictionary/pithy.php (see definition 2). brief, yet forceful and to the point, and often witty or clever. Seemed to work for me, seemed complimentary to you. Mea culpa if that particular definition doesn't suit you. (Or does mea culpa not work for you, either?) Now, as to being hostile to teachers? Nope, sorry. For what its worth, I have teachers in my close family, and I have relatives that are currently going to school to become teachers. I also have friends that are teachers ( and yes I am on good terms with all of them). Had some really good, inspiring teachers; had a few that should have probably have been in other professions. Hostile, nope. Now if you want to label me as highly disappointed with the union deciding that its only option is to strike and the resulting impact on the community, you are 100% correct. It appears to me that if you truly believe that the BOE "has done nothing to show that they will be capable of coming up with a reasonable plan after a year to think about it." then you must truly believe that any further negotiations are futile, period. In that case why bother with any further negotiations at all, as I seriously doubt that putting the process into the "pressure cooker" environment provided by a strike is going to deliver anything approximating a successful, mutually acceptable agreement.
DK November 10, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Max- Pro Tip: Generally when you begin and end a quote from someone with an ellipsis (that's a fancy word for "...") it means you are taking something out of context. As for the rest of your rambling, I don't have the energy to sort through all of that. I have no idea what you even mean by "WRT pay." So no, I guess I don't "got that." At this point, I just hope both parties can end things quickly and amicably, which requires respect by both parties.
Concerned Citizen November 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I agree with the BOE's position. Is there anything I can do to help? Is help needed supervising the children's activities during the strike? I also possess a wealth of information on various topics based on my many years of professional experience. I have no problem putting together presentations on subjects. Is it possible to stream content from Khan? ( http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7401696n)
Jeff Fairchild November 10, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I don't see anyone on he saying that the teachers should be fired for asking for a raise, I see people on here saying the teachers should be fire if the walk out on the students in the middle of a semester after being offered guaranteed pay rates with pay increases for three years in a community that has experienced the wort economic conditions in the lifetimes of the taxpayers, many of whom have lost jobs, suffered significant cuts in pay and benefits, seen property values take a huge hit while property taxes have increased, and had their homes or their neighbors' homes foreclosed.
Jack November 10, 2012 at 07:55 PM
"You won't find several things in private schools which you will find in public schools. Large class sizes, no consequences for unacceptable behavior, uninvolved parents, and cuts to activities and programs are not things which you will commonly find in private schools." http://www.privateschoolreview.com/articles/category/why-private-school.php


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