Highland teachers reject contract proposal; no school Monday

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HIGHLAND, IL (KTVI) – Teachers in Highland have rejected the latest contract proposal. That means students will not be going back to class Monday.

Students have not been in school and the high school football has forfeited one game.  Teachers soundly rejected a tentative agreement over what their union says is a pay issue and what she calls a matter of respect. The union says the vote was 20 in favor and 140 against.  Teachers left quietly after the vote was taken.

District officials confirm there will be no school Monday.   Teachers say they are willing to meet again with the mediator that helped form the tentative agreement.  But there is no word on when the two sides will meet again. The union says the district offered a $750 stipend but did not include recognition of service. The union says this would amount to about a 2 percent pay bump after a certain amount years.

Parents are frustrated.

“I`m not happy about it I understand that I can kind of see both side of it in a way, but as a parent you want your kids back in school, they want to be there.  They’ve worked really hard to get to where they`re at as athletes and stuff and it`s sad that they`re missing out on all of it.” said parent Amanda Barth.

“Unfortunately if we continue to settle for contract agreements that are not fair, that the district can afford but are not willing to offer then the quality of education in this town and this district will continue to decrease and our school systems will not be offering the quality of education that this community is used to.” said ShiAnne Shively  of the Highland Education Association.

So, no school in the Highland School District Monday and no word on when the two sides will meet again.

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