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Ratification of D-300 agreement won't happen soon

CARPENTERSVILLE – Teachers and administrators at District 300 may have to wait a few weeks before calling the tentative, three-year teacher contract a done deal.

LEAD 300 President Kolleen Hanetho told the Northwest Herald the ratification process could last the next two weeks, before the union's 1,300 members sit down and take a ratification vote.

She said she hopes the tentative agreement reached last night could be ratified by both the union and district board before students leave for Christmas break on Dec. 21.

But she ruled out the possibility of the union ratifying the deal before the board's regular meeting on Monday.

"The hope is to have it done and ratified by Christmas break," Hanetho said.

LEAD's bargaining team will meet Friday to review the contract and make sure the language accurately reflects what the two sides agreed on last night.

The tentative agreement ended a one-day teacher strike, after both sides had been negotiating for nearly a year primarily over compensation and class sizes. Details of the agreement are not being released.

After Friday, union leaders will host an all-member meeting to allow teachers to ask questions about the new contract. A few days later, members will vote building by building to ratify the deal, Hanetho said.

Dates for the all-member meeting and ratification vote have not been set. A simple majority of union members voting is needed to ratify the contract.

Check the NWHerald.com later for a full version of this report.

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