Winnebago School District negotiations still ongoing, strike on the table

ROCKFORD (WREX) — Negotiations into the the contract between the Winnebago School District and teachers are still going on.

The Winnebago Education Association says it filed its intent to strike back and April and it says that option is still on the table.

If that ends up happening, students may not head back to school next Wednesday.

“Kids are used to coming back to school in the rhythm and of course parents that have to go on and figure out where they’re going to have to put their children and day care and things that are summer programs are all done,” Christopher Schoeneweiss, the district’s board president says.

Its been about a year since teachers in Winnebago had a contract with the district. That’s because years ago the teachers union and the district both agreed to not follow teacher pay scales in return for a larger base pay up front.

The district says it did this because it needed to attract more teachers to the area. But since that old contract is expired, the WEA says its time for that to change.

“Every contract negotiations, you start by opening negotiations,” Sarah Meador, the president of the Winnebago Education Association says. “So, nothing is off the table when you open a contract for negotiations.”

Since both the district and teacher’s union have been negotiating a deal, leaders say it is a good sign. That’s because it could mean they are working through the contract to come to an agreement.

This is a story 13 News will continue to follow and bring you updates as soon as they become available.

Andi TenBarge

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