The Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and its teachers union, the District Educators’ Council, are still without a contract, but the remaining issues are largely procedural ones, according to an analysis of their positions posted on the state’s educational labor website.
An example: The teachers want to hold faculty meetings to a maximum length of 75 minutes each, while the administration would like to reduce one of two faculty meetings a month to 80 minutes.
And the two sides agree to modest pay boosts, ranging from 1 percent to 1.25 percent a year.
The biggest difference appears to be the length of the agreement. The previous contract was for four years, which is what the administration is advocating. The teachers, however, would like to hold it to a one-year term, apparently in hopes that some of the critical funding issues involving the contribution of the state will be clarified by next year.
This would be similar to the outcome of the teachers contract at Evanston Township High School, which also resulted in a one-year term.
Paula Zelinski, DEC president, told Evanston Now that the two sides have scheduled two more negotiating sessions, assisted by a federal mediator, for Nov. 17 and 18.