BENSENVILLE – Dozens of Fenton High School teachers and community members plan to call on the school board to wrap up contract negotiations at the Fenton Community High School (FCHS) District 100 Board meeting.
The Fenton Education Association (Fenton EA) has been bargaining a new contract with FCHS District 100 since February. The current contract expires on Aug. 13, which is the day before school starts this fall.
“The end of the year is always a busy time for educators, students and families. We were hoping to have our new contract in place by now, but unfortunately, we do not. We are still hopeful that we can come to an agreement that truly puts our students first before the start of the next school year,” Fenton EA President Patrick Escobedo said.
Fenton EA represents the 113 teachers, counselors, clinicians and other educational professionals serving the nearly 1500 students in FCHS District 100.
“We are committed to our students. So committed that Fenton EA members spend close to $400 of their own money on their classrooms each year. On average, our teachers work an extra nine unpaid hours a week,” Escobedo said. “We do all of this because we love our students. Most of us have been working in the district for 14 years or more, and we hope that we can continue to build a strong relationship with the Bensenville community.”
Fenton EA members and community members will pack the District 100 School Board meeting tonight, Wed., May 24. The educators are planning to wear their Fenton EA shirts and to voice their collective concern about the importance of having a contract in place for the start of next school year. The board meeting is at 7 p.m. at Fenton High School (1000 W. Green St., Bensenville).
At 135,000 members strong, the Illinois Education Association (IEA) is the largest union in Illinois. The IEA represents PreK-12 teachers outside the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty and support staff, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.