Talks Between Teachers Union, D228 Show 'Positive Movement'
Contract negotiations continue between the Joint Faculty Association and Bremen School District 228, but the talks are productive and the two sides are close to an agreement, Superintendant Bill Kendall told Patch.
After months of negotiations between Bremen School District 228 and the Joint Faculty Association, a shaky contract situation might be closer to resolution, according to District Superintendent Bill Kendall.
The two sides saw some “positive movement,” during an Aug. 23 mediation session and an informal meeting the following day. Both groups brought many issues to the bargaining table; eventually, he said, common ground came into view and things were looking bright.
“It was a long meeting [on Thursday], and eventually productive,” Kendall said.
“You're always trying to hit the sweet spot between the taxpayers and the teachers, in the best interest of the students,” he said.
“I think we did that. As far as I can see, I think we've done that.”
Joint Faculty Association President Kathleen McNeeley declined to comment on the issue.
“I am sorry, but I cannot comment on anything right now, as we are in the midst of negotiations,” McNeeley said, in an email to Patch.
Kendall said that things seem to be looking up following the latest round of negotiations, however.
“Now, everybody can get back to school and help the kids, and that's what, really, we're all here for,” Kendall said. “That's a credit to everyone, that's what we value."
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