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updated: 4/28/2016 5:55 PM

Dist. 15 denies request for contract calculations

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Specific cost estimates and calculations used to draw up the 10-year teacher contract approved by Palatine Township Elementary District 15 and the Classroom Teachers Council were declared off limits to the public on Wednesday.

District 15 denied a Daily Herald Freedom of Information Act request for cost analysis documents pertaining to the contract, and to share the calculations used to determine that the 2016-2026 professional agreement would cost the district an additional 0.9 percent annually.

The Daily Herald is trying to determine how District 15 arrived at its numbers.

In its denial, officials said the documents are part of collective negotiating matters with the teachers union.

"Financial projections were created by the board and CTC to analyze proposals during contract negotiations as part of the bargaining process and, thus, are exempt under this provision," the denial said.

The Classroom Teachers Council ratified the contract April 11, and the District 15 board unanimously approved the agreement April 13.

The district also cited a section of the Freedom of Information Act that exempts "predecisional materials and communications" used in the deliberative process.

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