LFHS Issues Update on Teacher Contract Negotiations

The Lake Forest Education Association teachers’ union (LFEA) says the announcement "provides no new information" and that it will "stand behind" its compiled numbers.

The Lake Forest High School District 115 Board of Education announced Friday its projected salary schedules for teachers for the next three years.

"The Board of Education's 3-year proposal includes average raises of 2.6% for the first year, 3.4% for the second year, and for the third year, a formula based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI)," according to D115's website.

The proposal has also been published to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board for review. Residents can also download a PDF of the materials.


Meanwhile for the Lake Forest Education Association teachers’ union (LFEA), the announcement doesn't move salary talks forward.

"There is no new information presented in the Board’s new posting on the school website. We continue to stand behind the numbers compiled by Larry Frank, an Illinois expert on the school budgeting process, hired by the LFEA." wrote Chuck Gress in an email to Patch.

The LFEA . The notice indicated that teachers would stop work on Sept. 12

"We hope that we have real news for you after the next collective bargaining session on Sept. 6," Gress said.

Stay tuned for comment from the board.

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Me August 31, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Let them strike.
Life is Good August 31, 2012 at 11:43 PM
At a time where people are taking pay cuts, getting laid off or simply not getting raises these greedy teachers have not one ounce of sympathy here. Where can one get a job for 8 months and make the money they make?
George Eliot September 01, 2012 at 02:15 AM
SCHOOL BOARD: PLEASE DO NOT CAVE. Since 2007 -- the year when LFHS teachers began their five year streak of 5+% plus per year raises -- there has been a 30-40% reduction, on average, in the net worth of people in this country, much of that due to the decline in property values. Faced with this decline, many of us desperately need a reduction in taxes to afford to continue living in this town, yet our taxes keep increasing. Many of us would like to be able to sell our houses and move to a more affordable town, but our ability to do so is greatly impeded by the albatross of huge property taxes. With this backdrop, I can't decide which is more astounding: 1) that teachers who are at the top of the pay scale in the entire country are even thinking about striking given the Board's generous offer; or 2) that our School Board has offered ANY increase. Looking ahead, I hate to see anyone lose their job, particularly hard-working teachers who have contributed greatly to the education of our children. However, should the union go through with the threatened strike, teachers WILL have a choice: they CAN work despite the declaration of a strike. They would face union fines and the scorn of some of their peers, but that may well be a better alternative than going without a pay check and letting down their students. I implore the union to not force this Hobson's choice.
Robert T September 01, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Take a walk teachers and we will replace you with folks who want to have your job!
Lori Patsis September 01, 2012 at 01:19 PM
The LFHS teachers need a reality check.
JPC September 01, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Let them strike and higher new teachers who want to work!! Get rid of them all.
JPC September 01, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I meant hire new teachers!
Really? September 01, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Well said, George. There are so many of us in the same predicament in this town. We protest our taxes every two years and only see a modest decrease, only to have them raised again. Mine increased 17% in one year while my market value decreased 30%. Please remember that Gov. Quinn wants to push all pension obligations onto local municipalities. If this passes, we will see even more tax increases. These teachers know this, hence the clause for "years of service" increase they are asking for. Their pension is based on their last few years of service and many are planning on retiring very soon!! This Board needs to stand firm.
Nancy H September 01, 2012 at 08:36 PM
This isn't about the union's feigned concern about attracting top talent. It is about pensions and boosting the final pay of the 25% of teachers set to retire over the course of this contract. The teacher/union leaders who have risen to the top and who are set to benefit most know that the system is about to break, and they are desperate to lock in what they can now before the ship sinks. Yet at the same time, the union dues of all the teachers (even those who are going to get screwed when the system tanks) go toward preventing reform in Springfield. Shame. And so, the kids suffer. Some say fire them! I have a choice few I'd say a fervent "Yes" to getting rid of. But, let's face it, if that happens broadly the year is lost. No matter how good, no new teachers could hit the ground running in time to save this year if it comes to that. And whatever the resolution, strike or not, I'm sure we'll be left with some resentful teachers. So much for all the investment in emotional wellness we made last year in attempting to deal with the overwhelming stress kids are dealing with now. Thanks guys... or not so much. Our kids deserve better than this.
David Brown September 01, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I'm in the Mobil and overhear the lady in front of me telling the cashier that she and the teachers are going on strike. She pays her bill and jumps into her 911 convertible and drives off. How about cutting their pay 5% and giving the tax payers a rebate? I'm tired of being screwed.
Roger Billings September 02, 2012 at 02:08 AM
The Mobil! I can't afford to buy gas there. Maybe I should become a teacher.
Carl Lambrecht September 02, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Lake Forest is the number one school in Cost. It is the lower 99 percent in performance. Look at the cost per student over $40,000. per year. High Cost and Low performance. Look at the cost of administration.
Richard Hertz September 03, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Three question I bet a lot of peoplw want to know: 1. How many teachers live in either LF or LB? 2. Of those living here how do they feel about having to pay more real estate taxes to pay their salaries? 3. How many have kids who are either students at the HS or will be attending soon? Why are teachers thinking of themselves - why doesn't villages get rid of unions and just pay teachers better? I was always told that there isn't a I in TEAM (aren't the teachers acting like a team not individuals)?
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