Rantoul teachers, board reach contract

Rantoul teachers, board reach contract

RANTOUL – After a second mediation session that lasted almost five hours, Rantoul Township High School teachers and board members reached a tentative contract agreement Monday.

"I'm glad we're focusing back on education and keeping the kids in school," said Superintendent David Requa of the agreement on a two-year contract.

Talks focused on salary increases, and insurance was not an issue, said Requa, who will not release details about the agreement until the board votes on the contract at a 6 p.m. meeting next Monday.

After an initial mediation session was unsuccessful, teachers took an intent-to-strike vote in late August and scheduled the second mediation session for Sept. 18.

Gene Vanderport, area representative for the Illinois Education Association, said that negotiations were difficult.

"We had to get this done, and we got it done," Vanderport said. "It's better than what we had. There are some opportunities for us there. People worked hard to make something better. But we're not altogether thrilled. It's a compromise."

Members of the Rantoul Township Education Association will vote on the contract today.

The union represents 63 teachers at the school

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