A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in the Middle School lunchroom at 1850 W. Plainfield Road, La Grange, IL 60525. Please enter through door #33. The agenda for the meeting is available by going to Administration --> Board of Education --> Agendas
Today, our 5th Grade STEM and 7th Grade Science classes at Highlands Middle School classes welcomed Mr. Jeff Hoffman from Argonne National Laboratory. Thank you for discussing careers and the many wonders at Argonne during Computer Science Education Week! #106learns
The Middle School Show Choir took their music on the road to sing for Bridgeview Elementary School. The Show Choir students were able to engage over 400 students with their songs and audience participation. They were able to deliver over 50 coats that went directly to the students of the school. Way to go Show Choir!
NEGOTIATIONS TO RESUME FOLLOWING TEACHERS’ REJECTION OF TENTATIVE CONTRACT AGREEMENT
Since January, the LaGrange Highlands District 106 Board of Education has been working with the Highlands Association of Teachers (HAT), the union that represents our 82 teachers, to negotiate a fair multiyear contract that serves the best interests of all Highlands stakeholders – our students, teachers, and taxpayer community. When we last communicated with you on November 21, we believed we had reached a tentative agreement that the HAT and the Board would soon vote to approve.
Today, we were extremely shocked and disappointed to learn that the teachers recently voted to reject the tentative contract agreement negotiated by their union leaders and the Board. This is a highly unusual and unexpected circumstance. The parties will soon resume negotiations — again, with the assistance of an independent mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
The rejected offer supported our District’s ability to continue to deliver a high-quality education, while also fulfilling our commitment to compensate our teachers fairly, maintain a balanced budget and sustain our long-term economic viability.
Under the terms of the tentative agreement rejected by the Highlands teachers, every teacher in the District would have received a salary increase in each year of a proposed five-year contract, as follows:
- 2019-20: 5%
- 2020-21: 4%
- 2021-22: 3.25%
- 2022-23: 3.25%
- 2023-24: 3%
Because the raises listed above are percentage-based (i.e., every teacher receives the same percentage increase), every teacher in the District would have received a 20% salary increase over the rejected five-year contract.
These salary increases, along with any negotiated increases in extra-duty stipends for teachers who coach or supervise extracurricular activities, would have been paid retroactive to August 2019, which is when our previous contract expired.
All of the members of the Board are parents of Highlands students or alumni, and like you, we value and respect our teachers. We want our District to be a place where they can grow and thrive as professional educators at every stage of their career, and where they are all competitively compensated for their excellent work in educating our children. Yet, we are also committed to preserving the long-term financial health of our District and want to ensure that we are able to provide our teachers and students with the tools and resources they need to deliver the excellent education our community has come to expect and deserves. We are mindful, too, of the importance of keeping our classroom sizes small amid rising enrollment trends and ensuring that we can adequately plan for critical capital improvements to maintain our school buildings.
We are all eager to reach a contract agreement and return the District’s sole focus to providing a premier educational experience to our more than 920 students. Please encourage both the Board and the HAT to keep talking and working toward agreement. We will continue to provide timely updates on the status of negotiations via email and the District website.
As always, we thank you for your support of the Highlands, our students and teachers.
On November 21st, Highlands students from 4th grade to 8th grade put on a fun and challenging show as they performed a wide variety of songs. The songs ranged from pop songs like Don't Stop Believing and Count on Me to music from other cultures and genres. The 4th and 5th grade choir, 6th grade choir, and Show Choir all performed separately, but at the end, all musicians sang a song together in harmony. Great work Highlands musicians!
Our 4th graders had the opportunity to attend a Chicago Symphony concert today. It was a wonderful and engaging presentation Beethoven's music. Thank you to the Highlands PTC for sponsoring this amazing field trip! @ptc106hornets #106learns
Congrats to Will and Alex on a great day of jazz last weekend. Will and Alex both auditioned and were accepted in to a special one day ILMEA honor Jazz Ensemble. They rehearsed with their new groups and conductors and performed a concert the same day. Congrats gentlemen! You made Highlands proud! #106learns #Highlandsmusic
Both parties met last week on November 13 to continue negotiations on a successor collective bargaining agreement. The meeting was productive, and the parties expect that the remaining issues will be resolved within the next few weeks.