Edwardsville Teachers Approve Deal, Board Of Education Next

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EDWARDSVILLE, IL. (KPLR) - Teachers in Edwardsville voted to accept a 2 year contract offer on Tuesday night.  Edwardsville Education Association co-president Dave Boedeker would not reveal the exact vote count but he said an overwhelming majority approved the offer.

He estimated 400 teachers cast votes.  He said that was roughly 75% of members.

“We’ve been working on this since May so it’s a relief to finally have it done and to be able to avoid a strike,” said Boedeker.

Without revealing details he said both sides compromised.

Edwardsville superintendent Ed Hightower sent out a message on the district’s website Tuesday afternoon that a tentative deal had been reached.

The statement indicated no details would be discussed until both the Edwardsville Education Association and the Edwardsville Board of Education approved the contract.

The board’s approval is expected to be formality.

Boederker believes public support for teachers played a role in reaching a deal.

Edwardsville parent Vince Ojeda is part of a parents group that created a Facebook page with more than 1,000 members.

He believes parents had been negligent in their involvement with school district matters in the past and says this summer was a wakeup call for a lot of parents.

“We are now aware, informed and engaged,” said Ojeda.