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School District 155 board OKs teachers union contract including yearly raises averaging 3.97 percent

Crystal Lake-based high school district contract is effective through 2019

Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com 
Prairie Ridge teacher Bryan Peckhart helps students Jacob Ommen, second from right, and Johnathan Joseph, right, during an activity in his Intro to Business class on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake. Peckhart will be teaching a business incubator class next year, matching groups of students with business owners and entrepreneurs to offer a unique teaching experience for students.
Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com Prairie Ridge teacher Bryan Peckhart helps students Jacob Ommen, second from right, and Johnathan Joseph, right, during an activity in his Intro to Business class on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake. Peckhart will be teaching a business incubator class next year, matching groups of students with business owners and entrepreneurs to offer a unique teaching experience for students.

CRYSTAL LAKE – A new three-year contract for teachers in Crystal Lake-based Community High School District 155 will include an average 3.97 percent raise each year, plus two additional sick days, according to the district.

The agreement, effective July 1 through June 30, 2019, was approved by the school board Tuesday night. The District 155 Education Association ratified the agreement Friday, according to a news release from the district.

The first year of the contract allows for step and lane movement, plus a 0.25 percent increase to the base salary, district officials said. Step increases account for years of services while lane increases come with academic achievement.

Step movement will be permitted for the first semester of the 2017-18 school year, and teachers who have completed requisite education credits or a degree will be allowed lane movement, too. The second semester will allow only for step increases, officials said, adding teachers not eligible for step or lane increases are eligible for a one-time $1,500 longevity bonus.

The final year of the contract will give both step and lane movement to eligible teachers, plus half of an inflationary raise to the base salary.

“I am glad the board has recognized the work done by our incredible teaching staff,” Superintendent Johnnie Thomas said in the release. “Our students excel because of our teachers’ enthusiasm and dedication. We feel this tentative agreement will allow us to continue to retain and recruit the best educators.”

State data from the 2014-15 year indicates District 155 had the highest average teacher salary in McHenry County, about $85,200. The state average is listed at $62,600, according to Illinois Report Card data.

The agreement also highlights an additional personal day for a total of three, and two more sick days for a total of 14, district officials said.

District 155 Education Association President Justin Hubly also expressed positive sentiment about the contract.

“District 155 has one of the highest quality teaching staff in the state of Illinois,” Hubly said. “We are especially proud of the collaborative nature of these negotiations, and we are pleased that this agreement will allow us to continue impacting our students with the highest caliber staff each and every day.”

The contract is subject to change if there are any “major changes to state and/or federal funding,” officials said. In that case, two joint district committees would be established and a review of both salary structure and workload would be conducted.

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