Lake Forest contract ratification anticipated
Updated: October 2, 2012 4:52PM
LAKE FOREST — Lake Forest High School teachers likely will vote Tuesday on the tentative contract hammered out by negotiators, just in time for the District 115 Board of Education to vote on the contract later that evening.
“We were able to make some revisions to documents we received Friday,” Lake Forest Education Association spokesman Chuck Gress said Tuesday.
The union’s bargaining team received the final contract with the tentative agreement changes made by the Board of Education attorney late Friday.
Subcommittees met Tuesday afternoon and made final minor revisions, which were expected to be added to the document before it was brought back to the union later that same day, Gress said.
Once the union receives the final contract document, “it will be stored on a secured website so only the teachers can view it,” Gress said.
LFEA bylaws require that the membership have the opportunity to read the final document five working days before a ratification vote is held, said Mark Stein of the Illinois Education Association.
With Monday a school holiday, it was uncertain whether a vote could take place by the scheduled Tuesday night school board meeting.
Neither the union nor the school board will disclose the terms of the contract until Tuesday.
“Once the union ratifies the contract, we’ll release that,” said Allen Albus of District 115.
Gress said he is “optimistuc that our side will take a vote on Tuesday.”
LFEA members will vote during the school day Tuesday, Gress said.
The district’s 150 teachers picketed for five days. The first strike in district history ended Sept. 19. There are 1,718 students at Lake Forest High School.