The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Hoopeston

October 21, 2012

Hoopeston Area, Rossville-Alvin districts settle contracts early

(Continued)

HOOPESTON —

“We meet regularly with the HEA throughout the school year,” he said. “There’s a lot of mutual respect between the union and the school district.”

Hornbeck did concede, however, that some parts of the contract negotiations were “difficult,” but the school district and the HEA were able to work through them.

“Salary and benefits are some things we had to work through, but the new teachers’ evaluation was the biggest issue,” he said. “We had to work through some of the language on that.”

Although Hornbeck said the implementation of a new teachers’ evaluation system is still a couple of years away, the new way of assessing teachers — which would partly measure teacher performance based on student academic growth — has some longtime teachers concerned.

“Some teachers have been evaluated the same way for years,” he said. “The student growth part is new to us, and new is sometimes scary.”

Hornbeck said the major reason the school district and the HEA agreed on a one-year contract — rather than a three-year contract as in the past — was because of looming pension reform.

“The school district is worried about paying toward (pensions) if the state decides not to,” he said. “And teachers are concerned about paying more or losing part of their (pension) benefit.”

Rossville-Alvin

The Rossville-Alvin Education Association and the grade school district — which employs 23 teachers and serves 309 pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students — reached an agreement Aug. 9 on a two-year contract.

Besides teachers, the Rossville-Alvin Education Association represents the district’s school bus drivers, teachers’ aides and kitchen staff.

Superintendent Crystal Johnson said contract negotiations were amicable.

“It was a great experience,” she said.

“We were open-minded and flexible,” she said. “We used interest-based bargaining which allowed us to explain what we’re (district) faced with and what we’re planning in the future.”

Text Only
Hoopeston
E-edition
AP Video
Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Hamm Talks Emmy Chances Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Raw: Egypt Bus Crash Kills at Least 33 Two Bodies Found in Adjacent Yards Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Rescue Efforts Suspended at Japan Landslide Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Raw: Smaller Marches in Ferguson Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn Farm Resurgence Grows With Younger Crowd Microbrewery Chooses Special Can for Its Beer Ky. Firefighters Hurt in Ice Bucket Challenge Federal Investigation Will Look at Use of Force Community Deals With Michael Brown Aftermath US: We Do Not Pay Ransom to Terrorists
NDN Video
Mariah Orders Nick Cannon to Stay Quiet About Divorce Details U.S. Military Strategy Against ISIS Rapper Almost Walks Off CNN Over Ferguson Coverage VIDEO: Goliath Grouper eats shark in one bite 2 American Ebola Patients Released From Hospital Whoa! Jimmy Fallon Shaves Jared Leto's Beard US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Reggie Jackson's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Amazing Encounter With Sea Otter Caught on Video Motorcyclist Sticks Landing Sicilian hilltop homes on sale for one euro Are Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Breaking Up? Joel McHale Interviews Chelsea This 'Breaking Bad' Reunion is the Most Hilarious Thing You'll See All Day! President Obama talks about who James Foley was Nicki Minaj Unleashes Her 'Anaconda' On the World Watch Helicopter Perform Aerial Ballet Can Buckeyes fill Miller's void? Victoria's Secret Models Prove They're in Fighting Shape How Brian Hoyer Stacks Up With Johnny Manziel
Must Read