The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

November 16, 2012

Catlin agreement remains elusive

CATLIN — Both sides of the negotiating table in Catlin schools went into a second meeting Thursday night with a federal mediator hopeful, but an agreement has not yet been reached.

Both Superintendent Gary Lewis and Catlin Faculty Organization president Lezlie Holman said some progress toward an agreement was made Thursday. The federally mediated meeting between the district and CFO negotiating teams lasted around four hours.

Another negotiating session is expected to be set soon, but one has not yet been scheduled.

Holman said under instruction of the mediator, further comment isn’t allowed at this time. Lewis also had no other comment.

Teachers in the Catlin district have been working without a contract since their last one-year contract expired June 30. Negotiating teams have now met six times, twice with a federal mediator to try to reach an agreement between teachers and the board of education.

On the negotiating table are a myriad of language items including a new teacher evaluation system, building and materials issues, computer access and the development of a committee to help fund ideas in the district both financially and intellectually to help broaden access for students.

Also is the issue of salaries for teachers, who are calling for an overhaul of their salary schedule. They say it currently inhibits veteran and more educated teachers from staying in the district, which leads to a higher than normal turnover rate and lower paid teachers overall.

Lewis has said the board hopes for a multi-year contract with teachers. They had recently offered teachers a 1.75 percent salary increase for each year of a three-year contract during the first mediated meeting.

Like other area districts, Catlin is feeling financial strain. The education fund, which is 80 percent of district spending, pays for teacher salaries and almost anything to do with educating the student, took a $300,000 hit last fiscal year, eating away at reserves. Lewis has projected more than $500,000 will be lost in that fund alone during the current budget that runs through the end of June, leaving just $360,000 left as reserves in that fund.

Teachers passed an intent-to-strike vote at the end of October, giving them the option to strike once other criteria are met. Holman said Thursday that the absolute earliest that could happen is Dec. 3, since they are now in the process of meeting with a federal mediator.

However, she said their desire is not to strike, but to settle a fair contract.

Text Only
Local News
  • Police, Fire Reports

    April 16, 2014

  • Hoopeston council hears water project update

    Mike Streff, Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC, updated city council members Tuesday on the continuing progress of the ground and elevated water storage tank project.

    April 16, 2014

  • Trojans get past Ramblers

    STAFF REPORT ATTICA, Ind. -- Regan Foster hit a home run and drove in three runs as the Covington softball team defeated Attica 8-5 on Tuesday in Wabash River Conference action. Andi Taylor had three hi

    April 16, 2014

  • Mayor looks for fire committee members by Labor Day DANVILLE - Now with budget discussions done for the time being, Mayor Scott Eisenhauer is looking for people to serve on a committee to analyze the fire division and its future. He'd like recommendations from the committee to the city council by Labo

    April 16, 2014

  • Salary talks go on at meeting DANVILLE -- Few members of the Vermilion County Board came out strongly for or against the issue of salaries for county offices and positions. Members of the Vermilion County Board discussed the issue of salary increases for offices up for election i

    April 16, 2014

  • Hoopeston group discusses economic development

    Economic growth was on the agenda Monday night in Hoopeston as about 50 people gathered at St. Anthony's Parish Hall to discuss an economic development strategy for the city.

    April 15, 2014

  • Covington Middle School students win at Purdue Science Fair

    Eighth-grader A.J. Kline and seventh-graders Shiley Claypool and Diana Shelby told school board members about their science fair projects Monday night. They competed at the Lafayette Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Purdue University last month.

    April 15, 2014

  • Oakwood sells its water and sewer systems

    Village trustees are faced with a responsibility many small towns would love to have — what to do with $2 million in cash.

    April 15, 2014

  • SpaceX delays station delivery launch CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer. With less than two hours remaining, the Space X company called off Monday's planned launch from Cape Canaveral. A new launch date was not set; the next atte

    April 15, 2014

  • Banquet to honor Shockey

    April 15, 2014

AP Video
Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
NCAA basketball
NDN Video
Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video Miley Cyrus Hospitalized After Severe Reaction To Medicine Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Toddler climbs into vending machine 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Much-Anticipated 'Gone Girl' Trailer Finally Debuts! (VIDEO) Dog and Toddler Wear Matching Outfits in Adorable Photo Series VP Biden: "World witnesses ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things" It's Official! Michael Strahan Joins "GMA" Blood Moon Time-lapse Actress Lake Bell Goes Topless The Five Weirdest Local Taxes in America Applicants Vying for 'World's Toughest Job' Get Heartwarming Surprise Awkward: Crist catches Lt. Gov. insulting him on camera NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse US Airways Tweets Graphic Photo of Nude Woman Behind the scenes of the Marathon anniversary photo shoot American Airlines Responds After Girl Tweets Alleged Terror Threat 'Joke' Charlie White's "Dancing" Mistake Olympic Great & Baltimore Native Michael Phelps Ends Retirement; Eyes Rio
Must Read