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updated: 6/1/2012 6:40 PM

District 15 reaches tentative contract with teachers

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Palatine Township Elementary School District 15 has reached a tentative contract with its teachers union, meeting a joint goal to wrap up negotiations by the school year's end.

Superintendent Scott Thompson confirmed that Classroom Teachers' Council President Lisa Nuss notified the union's 830 members Friday that a deal is in place. Teachers in the 12,000-student district are expected to vote Tuesday to ratify the agreement.

"We came to an agreement that works for everybody," Thompson said.

Should teachers accept the terms, the school board likely will vote to approve the new contract June 13 at its regular board meeting at Sundling Junior High in Palatine. Thompson said he couldn't provide any details until then.

Nuss couldn't be reached for comment.

Though the current contract doesn't expire until the end of August, District 15 officials and the teachers union have long said they hoped to reach a new deal before the school year ends Wednesday, June 6.

Representatives of the District 15 administration, union and school board have met on several occasions over the past couple months for negotiating sessions. They most recently came to the table Thursday.

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