Rockford Public School district teachers are very close to starting the new school year with a new contract. Just before 5 p.m. Monday night a tentative agreement was reached between the teachers union and the district. Teachers and the district have been negotiating for months. Within the last few weeks a federal mediator was called in to help move along negotiations. Both sides say the mediator helped to settle many loose ends regarding wages and benefit packages. After Monday night’s almost four hour negotiation session Rockford Education Association President Molly Phalen tells 23 News that this is a fair two year agreement.
The contract still needs to be ratified by both sides. 2,000 teachers still are set to take a vote Thursday afternoon. The location and the specific time have yet to be determined. The school board will also need to ratify the contract. That vote will take place next week.