As expected, the members of the District 65 Educators’ Council late today ratified a three-year contract with the Evanston/Skokie School District 65, ending the threat of a teachers strike.
The vote was 579 in favor and 101 against, according to an email to Evanston Now from Paula Zelinski, DEC president.
Approval by the District 65 Board of Education is the first item on the agenda of the district’s School Board meeting Monday night. Unanimous approval is expected.
The teachers have been working without a contract since the last contract expired in August. Negotiators for the two sides reached final agreement just before the Thanksgiving break.
Both sides have agreed to release details of the agreement following the board’s vote Monday night. They did announce, however, that the length of the contract would be three years, rather than the traditional four years, reportedly due to uncertainty over expected revenue contributions from the State of Illinois.
Supposedly for the same reason, the teachers union at Evanston Township High School and the District 202 School Board limited the term of their contract, approved in the summer before the current school year began, to one year.