HEA and District 158 Finalize New Two-Year Contract

HUNTLEY, IL – The Huntley Education Association (HEA) and the Huntley Community School District 158 Board of Education have finalized a new two-year contract that is effective retroactive to July 1, 2015.

The contract succeeds in meeting the priorities of both parties, increasing teacher compensation to remain competitive with area districts while maintaining fiscal responsibility to taxpayers.

Over the past several years, Huntley 158 has established itself as one of the top-performing districts in the area while maintaining one of the lowest per-pupil spending rates among K-12 districts in Northern Illinois.

“The high level of achievement we have reached is due largely to the high quality of our staff,” said Superintendent John Burkey. “Our staff have proven themselves to be at the forefront of their profession, and we need to recognize that in our collective bargaining agreement.”

“The HEA is pleased to have a contract that reflects growth and adjustments in areas that were important to our members,” said HEA Co-President Bradley Aney. “We look forward to continuing to work as a team with District administration and the Board of Education to offer the best education for the children of the District.”

Among top priorities for both the District and the union was increasing starting teacher salaries. Both parties agreed that an increase for new teachers was key to attracting and retaining high-quality staff.

The deal calls for an average raise of 4.09% for certified staff in Year One, and a 3.4% average raise in Year Two. In addition, the Board will increase its share of rising employee healthcare costs. Base salary increases will be retroactive to July 1.

“This contract allows us to recognize our high-quality teachers while continuing to provide a great value to our community,” said Don Drzal, president of the Board of Education. “We’ll be able to continue moving forward with all of the innovative programs we offer to students, and I’m also confident in our roles as trustees of the public that this is a fiscally responsible contract for our community members.”

The contract length was agreed upon to allow flexibility given continued uncertainty regarding future state funding.

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