Litchfield teachers, district agree on tentative deal; union to vote -

Litchfield teachers, district agree on tentative deal; union to vote

LITCHFIELD, Ill. ( – The Litchfield teacher’s union and the district reached a tentative two-year agreement Monday night.

Six months of negotiations culminated in a three-hour meeting between Litchfield Education Association representatives and school district officials. Once they emerged, waiting teachers cheered as the union president gave vague details.

Lynne Taylor represents the teachers. A three percent raise was the major point of contention. While she would not lay out the exact deal, she said the teachers would be getting more money.

However, she said that came with a lot of give and take.

“So many things back and forth, back and forth,” Taylor said. “Back and forth were big issues that we said, ‘okay, well if you can do this or do that’ and they did that.”

Superintendent Chad Allison agreed.

“We definitely did the give and take,” Allison said. “In the end, we are happy with what we ended up with.”

While Taylor remains optimistic about avoiding a strike, the deal must be passed by the teachers’ union. The official vote will be held at 3:45 p.m. at Litchfield High School.

If it does pass, the 1,500 students in the district will be back to school on Wednesday—the day the threatened strike would have started. The measure would then move to the School Board. It will be discussed at the next board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17.


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