Park Ridge District 64 Superintendent Dr. Laurie Heinz.
It looks like 2016 is going to be one of the more interesting years in D64.
As you know, PREA’s negotiating committee is beginning conversations with the BOE regarding our new contract.
The superintent stated at our opening meeting in August that we will have a contract in place before the 2015-2016 school year ends. Rumor has it that she doesn’t want to have a strike on her record. However, a big percentage of the membership don’t believe it.
Our current president spoke in much more guarded terms.
The big news is that the custodians and the secretaries in D64 banded together and voted to become members of a union. They have been put on a “merit” pay system, which caps a raise at 2% for excellent. Most members of this group receive a rating of proficient, which means they get a 1% raise. The custodians who have been with the district for many years are being watched like hawks. Their head custodians are taking pictures of their work and passing them along to the principals. One long time custodian was recently fired for leaving a door unlocked overnight. No one came in and nothing was stolen or damaged. In the past the custodian would have been given a warning.
The secretaries and custodians delivered the union declaration to D64 on Dec. 18. They were told that their membership won’t be recognized.