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Crystal Lake School District 47 school board OKs 4-year teachers union contract

Educators will get 3.75 percent annual raises under agreement

CRYSTAL LAKE – Teachers in Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 will receive 3.75 percent annual raises under a new four-year contract.

The school board approved the contract on a 7-0 vote Tuesday night, five days after the Crystal Lake Elementary Teachers Association tentatively ratified the deal, the board and union announced jointly.

Negotiations lasted about a year.

“This contract keeps us competitive with the local market for education professionals so we can continue to attract and retain the very best teachers for our students and our community,” board President Jeff Mason said in a statement.

The contract, retroactive to last August, also includes changes to insurance and retirement benefits, and commitments between administration and the union to establish committees to implement changes in the delivery of professional development and review planning time for educators.

A copy of the contract can be found at http://shawurl.com/2zki.

Union co-President Kristin Leidy-Semprit said the union is proud of its members for their “patience and professionalism” during the negotiation process.

“Throughout the many months of negotiations, both sides remained focused on fiscal responsibility and the welfare of students and teachers,” she said.

Past contracts have been for three years. The district employs about 1,200 people, 691 of whom are certified staff represented by the union.

District 47 has an enrollment of more than 7,500 pre-K through eighth-grade students. It encompasses 12 schools and an early education center, and covers Crystal Lake and Lakewood and parts of Lake in the Hills, Cary, Woodstock, Huntley, Bull Valley and McHenry.

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