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Huntley Community School District 158 and the Huntley Education Association, the union representing the District’s certified staff members, have reached a tentative agreement on a one-year contract covering the term of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

Given the uncertainties that all school districts and public entities face in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, both organizations felt that a one-year agreement was appropriate.

“This agreement recognizes the outstanding work our staff members have done both before and during this pandemic period while maintaining our responsibility to taxpayers,” said Superintendent Scott Rowe. “This contract shows our appreciation for staff, and our students and families will benefit from stability within our team of educators.”

Among other points, the contract makes good progress with bringing the District’s contributions toward employee health insurance and Teachers Retirement System benefits in line with other area districts, increases compensation on steps along the salary schedule, and adds more specific language defining manageable class sizes.

“The District has built a reputation as one of the premier school districts not just in Illinois, but in the country,” said HEA President Brad Aney. “We’re pleased that this contract reflects the hard work of our members, and is a positive step in ensuring that we can retain those who do so much for our students.”

The HEA membership approved the contract on June 10. The agreement will go before the Huntley 158 Board of Education for a vote on June 18.

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