LAKE FOREST – The Lake Forest School District 67 Board of Education ratified a new five-year contract with the Lake Forest Education Association (LFEA) on Wednesday, September 2. The teachers presented the proposal to their membership and the LFEA approved the proposed agreement on August 28. The previous contract expired on August 20, 2015.
The new contract was designed to attract, retain, and recognize high-quality staff members while maintaining the district’s financial health and remaining fiscally responsible to the community.
Language in the new contract fosters high-quality professional development and incentivizes the pursuit of advanced degrees and additional endorsements for district educators. The new contract also adds one additional teacher workday devoted to professional development. These modifications directly align and support the district’s Mission, Vision, and Goals.
Another focus of the negotiations was financial stability and market competitiveness. Over the years, the District had fallen behind peer districts.
The newly ratified contract calls for an average projected increase in salaries for teachers and teacher assistants of 5.54% (2015-16); 5.24% (2016-17; 3.75% (2017-18); 3.57% (2018-19); and 3.68% (2019-20). The new contract falls within the District’s five-year financial parameters and ensures that the District is competitive in order to attract and retain high quality staff.
Board of Education President Mike Borkowski stated, “The School Board, administration, and LFEA negotiating teams worked hard to craft an agreement that supports our teachers with salary increases within the budget parameters. This new five-year agreement gives us the opportunity to advance our shared educational goals, which we recently defined in the District’s Vision and Mission statements while ensuring the district’s financial health. This contract also supports professional development, and that ultimately enhances student learning. The agreement is a win for everyone associated with District 67 including our teachers, our taxpayers, and most definitely, our students.”
– Submitted by Lake Forest School District 67