Hundreds of teachers, students and parents crowded a District 300 school board meeting Monday night to demand smaller classroom sizes and a better work environment for teachers, according to the Daily Herald.
LEAD 300, District 300's teacher's union, declared an impasse earlier this month. after the union approved a strike vote in October. Contract negotiations had been ongoing between LEAD 300 and District 300 as both parties tried to find a middle ground on such issues as class size and teacher's compensation.
The district submitted its final offers to LEAD 300 on Wednesday, which included details on reducing pension benefit contributions, lowering grade school class sizes and continuing salary raises.
Under state law, LEAD 300 was required to submit its final offers to the Board of Education, the mediator and Illinois Education Labor Relations Board by Monday, Nov. 12.
Joe Stevens, school board president, told the Daily Herald after Monday's meeting the board is also interested in lowering class size within the district but added that "there’s only so many dollars to go around."