Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Contested elections emerge for some school board, municipal and township races.
Lake Forest and Lake Bluff voters will make choices in the April 9 election in contested elections for three school boards as well as some municipal offices and all Shields Township offices. Five people—Todd Burgener, Dave Schreiber, John Powers, Steve Reimer and Robert “Ted” Moorman—are running for four open seats on the Lake Forest Community High School District 115 Board of Education. Want more Lake Forest-Lake Bluff business news? Sign up for our free newsletter. In Lake Forest School District 67, Beth Clemmensen, Jeff Folker, Robert Lemke, Patrick Patt and Mike Borkowski are seeking the four seats available for that board. In Lake Bluff, seven people are running for four seats on the Lake Bluff District 65 Board of Education. They are…
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Read Patch's coverage of the latest round of negotiations between the Lake Forest Education Association teachers' union and the District 115 Board of Education and tell us if you think there will be a settlement or a strike before it is over.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
A week after union declares impasse, the educators release an overview of their final offer and the Board criticizes teachers’ methods.
The Lake Forest Education Association (LFEA) teachers’ union released an overview of its final offer to the Lake Forest High School District 115 Board of Education Friday and the Board responded by criticizing the educators’ methods as well as some of their information. The LFEA set forth its overview in a news release from spokesperson Chuck Gress and the Board reacted to the information by issuing a statement to Patch a few hours later. Rather than distill the language of the parties positions, Patch has published both the entire release and the Board’s response as attachments to this article so those interested can read the two statements side by side. The next mediation session between the two sides is Thursday. For a complete review …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Union eschews strike and hopes to speed up negotiations though a work stoppage could occur as early as Sept. 10.
Impasse was declared today by the Lake Forest High School teachers in an effort to end their ongoing contract negotiations and arrive at an agreement with the District 115 Board of Education, according to Lake Forest Education Association (LEEA) teachers’ union President Richard Moore. Though the members of the LFEA want to start the school year with a new contract and without the pressure of ongoing talks, today’s move clears the way for a strike as early as Sept. 10. Representatives of both sides hold their next negotiation session August 23. Earlier: LFHS Teachers Remain Without a Contract “I’m a teacher. I just want to teach,” Moore said. “I left the business world because I want to help raise the next generation.” He wants a contract …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Board has yet to respond to the union’s latest proposal and will not schedule further mediation.
No negotiation sessions are currently scheduled between the Lake Forest Educators Association teachers’ union and the Lake Forest High School District 115 Board of Education as the Board has posted what it claims are both sides’ positions on its website. According to the information on the website, the union is demanding a three-year contract with an average annual increase in compensation of 6.7 percent while the Board is offering a 3.6 percent increase. The increase is a calculation of both salary and benefits. Earlier: LFHS Teachers Remain Without a Contract At this point, the teachers are waiting for a response to their latest proposal, according to Univerv Director Mark Stein, an Illinois Education Association official. “We are kind …
Monday, July 23, 2012
Latest mediation fails to produce an accord. No future date set for talks but sides remain hopeful with school opening in just over a month.
With the opening of school August 27, the Lake Forest High School teachers remain without a contract with both the educators and the administration claiming issues of compensation and benefits remain to be resolved. The District 115 Board of Education and the Lake Forest Educators Association (LFEA) did not reach an agreement Thursday when they met with a mediator in an attempt to resolve their differences, according to both Board President Sharon Golan and LFEA spokesperson Chuck Gress. “The mediation session did not produce an agreement and we do not have a date yet for another,” Golan said. The dispute has been going on a year. The parties could not agree on a long term contract last year and settled for a one-year pact. “We presented a…