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D-300 submits final offer to union

CARPENTERSVILLE – A "disappointed" District 300 school board forwarded its final contract offer to the district's union today, a news release states, two days after the union officially declared an impasse in negotiations.

General items included in the final offer addressed elementary class sizes, teacher load and high school schedule, along with proposals on salary, insurance and retirement benefits. The district and its teacher union, LEAD 300, have been at odds for months over how to reduce class sizes and adequately pay for it.

Board members said in the release that they were disappointed LEAD 300 called an impasse, arguing that both sides were making significant progress to improve the teachers' working environment.

"The board is dedicated to negotiating a contract that is good for students, fair for teachers and fiscally responsible to our community," board President Anne Miller said in the release. "It is our sincere hope that a strike will be averted."

LEAD 300 officials have said that they remain committed to contract negotiations, despite declaring an impasse on Monday.

The move means the two sides have to submit final offers to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board within seven days of the impasse being declared. If a deal is not reached by then, the state board will display the final offers on its website for public review.

The union can strike 28 days after an impasse being declared. The union's 1,300 members overwhelmingly authorized the ability to strike in early October.

Check NWHerald.com for updates.

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