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District 304 plans special meeting for Wednesday

Published: Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 2:55 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Geneva School District 304 officials have called a special school board meeting Wednesday to work on a last best offer to the teachers union.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at Coultrap, 1333 Peyton St. After public comment, the board will meet in closed session. Though the agenda states possible action will follow the closed portion, board president Mark Grosso said he does not anticipate action will be taken.

"When one party declares impasse, you have a certain number of days to post your last best offer," Grosso said. "We will have to have that by Friday, Oct. 19. We are going to be working on that offer. We will have all board members present for that."

The Geneva Education Association declared impasse in the ongoing contract talks, which began in February. Impasse means the teacher union determined continued talks were not progressing.

Union president Carol Young said the impasse was declared because school officials would not move further in their offers if teachers were not willing to accept a hard freeze on salary for the first year.

Last best offers will be posted on the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board and school district website by Oct. 26 at www.geneva304.org and www.illinois.gov/elrb.

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