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Article updated: 1/11/2013 8:44 AM

West Chicago school board sets deadline in teacher contract talks

W. Chicago district would execute its last offer if no new deal by Feb. 21

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Twenty-six-year veteran teacher Melanie Dixon speaks Thursday night during the West Chicago District 33 board meeting. Dixon was one of 23 teachers who spoke in support of their union, which remains locked in contract negotiations with the board.

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West Chicago District 33 school board President Chris Scheck presides over a meeting Thursday night as members of the teachers union speak about contract negotiations and their contributions to the school community.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

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Mary Catherine Kosmach, chief negotiator of the Elementary Teachers Association of West Chicago, discusses the union's stance during a meeting Thursday night of the District 33 school board. Kosmach said the board refuses to compromise and negotiations have stalled over the issue of health insurance.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

West Chicago District 33 school board announced during a meeting Thursday night it intends to implement its last contract offer to the teachers union of the two sides cannot come to agreement before Feb. 21.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

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The West Chicago District 33 school board announced Thursday night it intends to implement its last contract offer to the teachers union if the two sides cannot come to agreement before the board's meeting Feb. 21. Board President Chris Scheck said the board will provide official notice to the teachers union of the board's intent to implement its offer unless resolution is reached within six weeks. "We are more than willing to continue to meet" before then, Scheck said.
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    • Twenty-six-year veteran teacher Melanie Dixon speaks Thursday night during the West Chicago District 33 board meeting. Dixon was one of 23 teachers who spoke in support of their union, which remains locked in contract negotiations with the board.
    • West Chicago District 33 school board President Chris Scheck presides over a meeting Thursday night as members of the teachers union speak about contract negotiations and their contributions to the school community.
    • Mary Catherine Kosmach, chief negotiator of the Elementary Teachers Association of West Chicago, discusses the unionís stance during a meeting Thursday night of the District 33 school board. Kosmach said the board refuses to compromise and negotiations have stalled over the issue of health insurance.
    • West Chicago District 33 school board announced during a meeting Thursday night it intends to implement its last contract offer to the teachers union of the two sides cannot come to agreement before Feb. 21.
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