Leaders of the teachers union at Evanston/Skokie School District 65 were rebuffed by union members last week who rejected a contract with the district the leadership had negotiated by a wide margin.

Now the union’s local president, Dorothy Millard, says the group plans to survey its 600 members to learn what they’re looking for in a new contract before the union return to the bargaining table with the school board.

Millars says the District 65 Educator’s Council, a unit of the Illinois Education Association, “is committed to negotiating a fair and affordable contract” the membership can support.

School Board President Mary Erickson said the rejected contract provided the richest salary increases the school board had offered in over a decade, in return for what she described as a modest increase in the length of the school day designed to improve educational opportunities for students.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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