Teachers ratify D65 contract

Teachers in Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools Friday approved by secret ballot a tentative contract agreement for the next four years with an 83 percent “yes” vote.

The announcement was made late Friday by Jean Luft, president of the District 65 Educators’ Council. The agreement is expected to be approved Monday night by the school board at its regular monthly “working” meeting.

The agreement came after six months of bargaining, with the aid of a federal mediator.

Luft expressed appreciation “of the time, energy, and effort put forth from both the DEC and the school board’s bargaining teams.”

She stated in a news release that “the new contract agreement improves several areas of the District 65 learning and working environment and also provides avenues for making future improvements in additional areas.”

Luft added that the teachers “are eager to continue the long tradition of high quality instruction in the Evanston/Skokie community.”

No details of the agreement were released, but the board last month included a pay increase for the teachers in its budget for the current school year that is scheduled for final approval on September 24 after a public hearing.


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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