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Marengo District 154 prepares teacher contract talks

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 11:41 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 10:07 p.m. CDT

MARENGO – District 154 and its teachers union will soon meet at the bargaining table to negotiate a new contract with the current, three-year deal set to expire in August.

District board members recently met in a closed session to lay the groundwork for negotiations. Formal contract talks between the board and representatives from the Marengo Education Association should start later this spring, said Superintendent Dan Bertrand.

"They will do it sometime this spring," Bertrand said. "Typically, we are done negotiating by the first week in June. Hopefully, that's the case again this year."

Board members and teachers from the Marengo Education Association usually have agreed upon contract terms during the summertime in each of the past four contracts, Bertrand said.

The current contract went into effect on Aug. 15, 2011, and expires on Aug. 14. It included a 1.6 percent salary raise for teachers in the 2012-13 school year and 0.6 percent salary raise this school year.

Overall, the contract created about $533,000 in new spending for the district, according to the terms listed in the agreement.

Roughly 45 certified teachers currently work at the high school-only district in Marengo and nearly 770 students attend District 154, the Illinois Interactive Report Card states.

Since negotiations for a new contract are just starting, district board members are yet to appoint lead negotiators to meet with union members, Bertrand said.

Representatives from the Marengo Education Association did not return calls for comment.

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