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  • Dist. 33 board, teachers make final offers before possible strike Dec 17, 2012 7:34 PM
    It's no secret teachers and school board members in West Chicago Elementary District 33 remain far apart in contract talks that have ground to a halt after roughly 15 months at the bargaining table. But on Monday the size of the chasm, particularly over issues involving salary and benefits, became public for the first time when the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board published the details of each side's best and final offer on its website.

     
  • District 33 school board to address contract stalemate Dec 14, 2012 4:02 PM
    With teacher contract talks at a standstill in West Chicago Elementary District 33 and teachers threatening to strike as early as Jan. 7, the school board will hold a town-hall meeting Dec. 19 to discuss its offer with residents and answer questions. The session is scheduled for 7 p.m. at West Chicago Middle School, 238 E. Hazel St.

     
  • West Chicago teachers threatening to strike Dec 14, 2012 12:25 AM
    Teachers in West Chicago Elementary District 33 filed an intent to strike notice Thursday that could have faculty members walking picket lines as early as Jan. 7. Union leaders said the district's 284 teachers voted overwhelmingly Wednesday night to authorize the possible job action.

     
  • Labor board reviewing contract offers in District 33 dispute Dec 12, 2012 5:19 PM
    Both sides in the West Chicago Elementary District 33 labor impasse have submitted their final contract offers. The clock is now ticking on the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board to review the offers and make them public. Earlier this month, school board officials declared teachers and administrators were at an impasse after 14 months of contract negotiations.

     
  • West Chicago schools among many dealing with labor discord Dec 4, 2012 10:21 PM
    Angry teachers in West Chicago Elementary District 33 will huddle following classes Wednesday to discuss their options after the school board declared an impasse in its long-running contract talks with the union. The board's declaration effectively sets a one-week deadline for each side to submit their final offers to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, which would then wait another seven days before making the proposals public on its website at www2.illinois.gov/elrb.

     
  • District 33 declares impasse with teachers Dec 3, 2012 10:14 PM
    West Chicago Elementary School District 33 teachers and the board of education declared an impasse Monday night after failing to reach an agreement. The declaration comes after 14 months of negotiations and two months spent with a federal mediator. Once an impasse has been declared, both sides have a two-week deadline to make their final offers public. Talks may continue until then.

     
  • ‘Small steps’ in West Chicago District 33 contract talks Nov 7, 2012 3:03 PM
    Teachers are growing increasingly uneasy about the slow pace of contract talks in West Chicago Elementary District 33, the union's chief negotiator said. But school board President Christine Scheck said she's still optimistic about reaching an agreement with the Elementary Teachers Association of West Chicago. "It's slow but we're talking and to me that's such a plus," Scheck said Tuesday evening. "We're having some good conversations and there's a willingness to talk."

     
  • West Chicago educator wins award for community-school partnerships Oct 29, 2012 8:18 AM
    West Chicago Elementary District 33's Marjory Lewe-Brady has received a Community School Leadership Award sponsored by the Illinois Federation for Community Schools.

     
  • West Chicago Dist. 33, teachers ‘very far apart’ Sep 27, 2012 5:04 PM
    A federal mediator has been asked to help jump-start stalled teacher contract talks in West Chicago Elementary District 33 that have left "significant issues" unresolved, negotiators for both sides said Thursday. The school board and the Elementary Teachers Association of West Chicago asked for the mediator after they were unable to reach an agreement following nearly 12 months of negotiations, officials said.

     
  • Editorial: Learning to eat our fruits and veggies Jul 20, 2012 5:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial lauds a statewide school program that offers fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income students, but the battle to get kids to eat them continues.

     
  • Probe continues into West Chicago man's death Jan 20, 2012 9:52 AM
    West Chicago Elementary District 33 Superintendent Ed Leman says he must have walked right past the body of 22-year-old Miguel Quinones Tuesday on his way to West Chicago Middle School. Leman said he was meeting with the principal that morning and passed within 20 or 30 feet of the area where the body was discovered by a man at 11:27 a.m. on the eastern edge of the middle school property.

     
  • West Chicago Elementary School District 33 rolls out curriculum changes Dec 27, 2011 10:18 AM
    West Chicago Elementary District 33 has introduced a revamped math curriculum this school year with an eye toward a new state standardized test coming in 2014. District officials and teachers say it’s a more rigorous approach designed to teach students the language of math in real-world problems.

     
  • West Chicago students celebrate start of middle school expansion project Oct 7, 2011 12:06 AM
    West Chicago Middle School's 800 students gathered outside with their teachers Thursday to break ground for their school's expansion. Eight student representatives wielded ceremonial shovels. Three students read poems. The student council president gave a speech.

     
  • School bus service sputters out of gate in West Chicago Sep 9, 2011 1:19 PM
    The new school bus company that serves West Chicago Elementary School District 33 is getting its act together, school officials say, after a disastrous start to the school year that included some children getting home 90 minutes late, buses that couldn't be reached by radio and a kindergartener dropped off at the wrong school.

     
  • Construction begins on West Chicago preschool Apr 20, 2011 1:13 PM
    Educare of West DuPage breaks ground Thursday on a $10 million, state-of-the-art preschool in West Chicago. The first suburban Educare in the country will provide early childhood education aimed at narrowing the achievement gap for low-income children.

     
  • Mayor Daley opens Chicago's Buckingham Fountain Apr 15, 2011 7:10 AM
    Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley has opened the city's famed Buckingham Fountain for the spring and summer seasons. Daley was at the more than 80-year-old fountain early Friday as the water started to flow. It's the last time he'll open the fountain. Daley is retiring this May after more than 20 years in office.

     
  • Endorsement: West Chicago Elementary District 33 Mar 20, 2011 11:02 PM
    For West Chicago Elementary District 33, the Daily Herald recommends Dave Barclay, John Haffner and Jose Blanco.

     
  • District 33 lays off 20 teachers Mar 18, 2011 4:19 PM
    West Chicago Elementary District 33 lays off 20 teachers due to the shortfall in state funding, but some will be hired back later this year.

     
  • Jose Blanco: Candidate Profile Feb 23, 2011 4:11 PM
    Candidate information for Jose Blanco, running for West Chicago Elementary D33

     
  • Dave Barclay: Candidate Profile Feb 23, 2011 4:11 PM
    Candidate information for Dave Barclay, running for West Chicago Elementary D33

     
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