Zion Benton High School Collective Bargaining Agreement

The highest spending department in Zion-Benton Twp HSD 126 was the , with an annual payroll in . ZION, IL — Zion District 6 teachers are working without a contract, more than 600 days after the last agreement with the union expired, as reported by the Lake County News-Sun. The union has no plans to strike, but its members have rejected a proposed contract in the past 20 months. The average salary of teachers in District 126 was 57,616 $US, the lowest average salary among Lake County district high schools, according to map data for the 2015-16 school report. The average salary for high school districts across the country was 83,927 $US. Then he terminated Curtiss Tolefree, who had just resigned from the Kenosha Unified district, where he was before a hearing for „having two inappropriate sexual relations with his subordinates“ and „creating a hostile work environment and undermining the integrity of the educational environment“ at the college where he worked. The News-Sun received copies of both projects, the last of which was rejected last month. The documents suggest that the district is trying to add an extra hour to the school day without additional compensation and away from a salary plan for positions that are more difficult to fill, the News-Sun reported. With an excessive amount at a February 25 board meeting, mainly made up of members of the teachers` union and supporters, a resident speaking during public comments, the district recommended scrapping the longer school day, giving teachers a fair contract, stopping property taxes to the maximum allowed and starting to make cuts „to the head“ of the district reported the News-Sun. During the negotiations, the union focused on maintaining insurance benefits and „fair compensation for the work“ of staff, Regnier said. The union remains concerned about the „large gap“ between Teachers in District 126 compared to other school districts, she said. The expansion includes increases between 3 and 5 percent in the first year and between 2.75 and 4.75 percent in the second year, the higher percentages go to professionals, the newest in the district, according to a press release from Superintendent Chris Clark sent to the News-Sun in response to a request for an extension. Entry salaries for teachers will also increase by 3% and then by 2.5%.

The average salary in Zion-Benton Twp HSD 126 is higher than among doctors in the Illinois School District. The extension is based on an initial three-year contract, which, according to district data, has been extended for an additional three years. The last extension, which was due to expire at the end of this fiscal year, also included larger increases for new staff. In a statement that asked Tolefree to be included in his personal file, he denied the allegations and said he had „substantial evidence that the investigation and documentation is not correct.“ He said he was not in a position to properly challenge the claims because he had resigned before his dismissal trial. . Zion-Benton Twp HSD 126 paid more for payroll than for other employers in the school district category. Questions about the borough`s hiring practices were raised last year after the board hired two principals for the same position at Beulah Park Elementary School. State data show that as of last fall, the district had 25 vacancies and that, on average, only 77 percent of its teachers return each year, compared to a national average of 85 percent and 90 percent at Zion-Benton Township High School, where District 6 feeds, according to the News-Sun. Clark did not answer further questions as to whether there were other substantial changes to the contract, what the cost of the amendments would be, and how the amendments fit into the district`s objectives. In the latest extension, increases in the first year ranged from 1 to 3 percent, the second year from 1.5 to 3.5 percent and the last year from 2 to 4 percent, according to a copy of the extension available on the county`s website.