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DEC: Special board meeting isn’t about teachers

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A special late-night meeting of the Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board has been scheduled for Tuesday, but it "has nothing to do with the teachers," according to the union's president.

"We begin mediation on Wednesday," added Paula Zelinski, president of the District Educators Council, when queried by Evanston Now on Monday.

The district's teachers have been working since August without a contract, which lead to speculation that the special board meeting might signal that the negotiations have ended with a contract, subject to approval at a public meeting of the board.

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The agenda calls for the meeting to begin at district headquarters at 9:20 p.m., at which time the board would immediately go into executive session.

Ten minutes later, at 9:30 p.m., the public session is scheduled to resume with only one item on the agenda: "Approval of Settlement Agreement," followed by adjournment.

With district offices closed today for the Rosh Hashanah holiday, no one was available for comment.

An email to Board President Candance Chow, seeking clarification, went unanswered.

Often settlement agreements are done quietly, out of respect for privacy of the individuals involved.

DEC and the board agreed recently to seek help from a federal mediator in their negotiations, which explains the "mediation" comment by Zelinski.

 

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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