UPDATED TUESDAY, NOV. 20, 10:25 P.M.:
The District 158 Board of Education and the Huntley Education Association will undoubtedly be thankful contract negotiations have ended. District 158 BOE voted Tuesday night to ratify a three-year contract with HEA, which gives its members a 3.5 percent increase each year, according to a press release issued late Tuesday. HEA members voted on Monday to ratify the contract.
A special meeting will be held Tuesday for the BOE to vote on the contract, HEA spokesman Julie McLaughlin said.
The HEA would not comment further until after the BOE’s meeting, she said via email.
District 158’s school board and the union have been negotiating since before the start of the school year and what started out as cordial negotiations took a turn in recent weeks beginning with a no vote on the first contract agreement and the union’s strike vote.
Last week, the parties declared an impasse _ a step in the process toward a strike. Hours later, the union and the district’s negotiating team reached a tentative agreement, which the membership voted on Monday.