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Joint Press Release – March 13, 2013 at 2:05 a.m.

The Dixon Public Schools Board of Education and Dixon Education Association are pleased to announce that at 1:40 a.m., Wednesday morning, the parties reached agreement on a four-year contract.  Both students and teachers will return to school on Wednesday, March 13th and begin ISAT testing by the end of this week.

The specific details of the contract will be made available after the teachers ratify and the Board approves the tentative agreement.  The DEA plans to ratify the agreement on Monday, March 18th and the Board of Education will approve the agreement at its March 20th meeting.

The Board and DEA affirmed that with this strike now being resolved, it is time for the parties to put any disagreements behind them and move forward in a positive direction for the benefit of the students, parents and community.

“With the assistance of the federal mediator, both parties worked hard to find creative solutions to resolve the outstanding issues,” said Sandi Sodergren-Baar, President of the DEA.  “We are confident that the settlement is the best one for our schools and will keep the District moving forward,” said Tom Balser, Board President.

Dixon Education Association Press Release

Mediator calls for new talks in Dixon today

Teachers say yes.  No announcement from school board yet.

The federal mediator assigned to assist in negotiations between Dixon teachers and the school board has called for new talks later today, according to a news release issued today by the Dixon Education Association (DEA).

Dixon teachers have confirmed their readiness and availability to meet at any time.    There has been no official announcement from the school board as yet.

Dixon teachers have been on strike since February 28 th.

“We are absolutely committed to getting back to the negotiations table today and bringing this dispute to an end as fast as humanly possible,” said Sandra Sodergren-Baar, President of the DEA.  “If the board will meet with us with a sincere desire to find a solution, we know we can get this done and get the students back in school.”

Sodergren-Baar  said several items in dispute have been settled in the last few negotiation sessions.  Remaining major items include class size, availability of textbooks, length of instructional year, compensation and insurance.

“These major sticking points are resolvable if all parties come to the table with the commitment to do so,” Sodergren-Baar said.  “But it takes two to reach an agreement. We’re here and ready to negotiate.”

The DEA President said teacher representatives reached out through the mediator to school board members on Sunday and invited them to become more directly involved in discussions to resolve the dispute.  She said teacher representatives believe face-to-face negotiations among teacher and board representatives could change the negotiations atmosphere in a positive way.

 

 

 

 

Board Members can get this SETTLED – contact them today

Dixon School Board members are solely responsible for settling the contract with the Dixon Education Association.

CONTACT the Board of Education members in person to demand a settlement be reached.

Tom Balser

844 North Ottawa

Dixon, IL 61021

 

Jim Schielein

1381 Dutch Road

Dixon, IL 61021

 

Tom Lemoine

838 Riverside Drive

Dixon, IL 61021

 

John Jacobs

1815 Deer Crossing Ct.

Dixon, IL 61021

 

Pam Tourtillot

t532 Apple Street

Dixon, IL 61021

 

Kevin Sward

222 West Graham

Dixon, IL 61021

 

Woody Lenox

Dixon, IL 61021

 

Picketing

Dixon teachers will continue to picket at all schools, central office, and the Galena Avenue bridge. When not picketing, groups are visiting local business and asking them to help distribute flyers, urging the community to contact the district office and board members to get this settled.

Even though we are not in the classroom we are still working hard for our students!

Clarification for Dual Credit Classes

Only dual credit classes taught by non-DEA teachers will take place at Sauk.

Salary Comparisons for Area Districts

2011 – 2012 NCIC Salary Comparisons W/O TRS

School

Base Salary

ISBE Ave Salary

Top Salary

Steps

1. Rock Falls 

$34,544

$71,611

$85,842

25 MS+40

2. Rochelle 

$36,552

$71,652

$76,611

18 MS+42

3. Kewanee 

$33,094

$49,651

$75,000

?

4. Princeton 

$35,692

$76,291

$72,455

20 MS+32

5. Mendota 

$32,141

$68,023

$72,317

18 MS+32

6. LaSalle/Peru 

$32,240

$62,082

$71,572

24 MS+32

7. Ottawa 

$35,633

$78,128

$71,267

30 MS+30

8. Dixon 

$32,000

$62,012

$69,046

22 MS+30

9. Geneseo 

$29,175

$52,033

$68,270

20 MS+32

10. Streator 

$32,372

$66,794

$67,981

19 MS+32

11. Sterling 

$29,652

$58,310

$67,384

20 MS+48

12. Hall Twp

$32,357

$72,581

$64,876

19 MS+36

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