District 300 union leaders decided late Thursday to hold a strike authorization vote after several of the union's 1,300 teachers said they were not happy with ongoing contract negotiations as well as a statement made by school board member Anne Miller, LEAD 300 President Kolleen Hanetho told the Northwest Herald.
The vote will be held Sunday at Dundee-Crown High School, according to the Northwest Herald.
LEAD 300 has requested, among other proposals, substantially smaller class sizes. The Northwest Herald also reports teacher's are asking for better compensation for instructing classes with 33 to 37 students, according to the Northwest Herald.
District 300, Miller said in the statement, is continuing to weather difficult financial times.
"State funding is at best unpredictable. And we have a huge pension cost on the horizon," Miller said. "We need to look at long-term fixes that do not create long term debt."
The school board is also concerned with class sizes, Miller said, but needs to look at coming to a "fair and equitable agreement" that does more than get the district "through the next two years."
"We would like to avoid cuts in staff and programs," Miller said. "We would like to keep all of our schools open."
Here is the full statement from Miller.
District 46 teachers went on strike Friday. After bargaining from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., a tentative agreement was reached between the district and union.
The terms of the agreement are expected to be released by the Prairie Grove Teachers Union, but the negotiating team wanted to present them first to the PGTA members.
School is expected to resume Monday for District 46 schools.