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No strike: Edwardsville teachers overwhelmingly approve contract

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. ( -- Classes will go on in Edwardsville as if nothing ever happened, but teachers were less than 36 hours from going on strike.  Teachers overwhelmingly approved the latest contract proposal from the Edwardsville School District 7 on Tuesday night.

“No strike,” said Dave Boedeker, co-president of the Edwardsville Teachers Assocation.  “We’ve accepted the contract so school will continue like it’s supposed to.”

The Edwardsville Board of Education approved the contract on Monday night.  The contract is for 2 years and details have not yet been released. 

Boedeker credits community support to help the administration come back with another offer.  Superintendent Ed Hightower had said there would be no more barganing.

“I definitely think the support of the community has helped get back to the table to negotiate,” said Boedeker.  “So we’re very appreciative of that support from the parents.”

More than 400 teachers showed up to vote last week at the American Legion Golf Clubhouse.  Goedeker said it was overwhelmingly approved, but negotiations were tense at times.

“It’s always an interesting little dance but in the end everything’s fine,” He said.  “We’ll be back to business as usual and there won’t be any hard feelings.”

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