Lake Forest High School teachers began striking at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, after the union and District 115 Board of Education failed to reach an agreement on Tuesday night. Lake Forest Education Association spokesman Chuck Gress told GazeboNews early Wednesday morning that no new negotiations are scheduled at this time.
Here are separate statements from the LFEA and D-115:
Statement from the Lake Forest Education Association, received at 11 p.m. Sept. 12:
The Lake Forest Education Association (LFEA) is disappointed that the Board of Education (BOE) did not respond to the LFEA’s last salary submission. Although it was only 10:00 PM (on Tuesday, Sept. 11), and the LFEA was prepared to negotiate to settlement, the BOE chose not to counter. The teachers of Lake Forest High School will be on the Strike line at 7:30 AM (Wednesday, Sept. 12).
Statement from the LFHS District 115 administration, received 11:50 p.m. Sept. 12:
Monday evening, the (District 115) Board of Education offered to meet with the Union to continue negotiations. The Union chose not to attend this meeting. Through this action the Union made it clear that they only wished to negotiate following the Board meeting tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 11).
After a very brief mediation session, following tonight’s Board of Education meeting, school officials and union leaders did not come to an agreement. The Union’s final proposal continued to request compensation increases of more than double the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The Board remains committed to offering highly competitive salary and benefit packages to attract and retain employees, while remaining fiscally responsible to the community it serves.
The Union informed the Board of Education that they are going on strike effective 12:01 am Wednesday morning. Therefore, the Board of Education will be following the strike plan outlined in a communication released to parents this afternoon (click here to read) and posted on the district website www.lfhs.org. This plan will keep school open and offer essential services.
The Board is very disappointed. We feel that leaving negotiations until the final hour is unfair to our students, parents and community. The Board regrets that this timing creates such an imposition for our families.
We will keep parents informed through daily updates on the website and school E-Newsletters. Be assured we are committed to continuing to work in the best interest of our students and school community.