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Board OKs teachers contract

March 7, 2019

KANKAKEE — The Kankakee school board on Tuesday unanimously approved a contract with the district’s teachers union.

In mid-February, members of the Kankakee Federation of Teachers voted 208-80 for the proposed contract with the school district, avoiding a possible strike. This was after it rejected the district’s three previous offers.

The contract gives teachers 2 percent more in salary for the current school year. The following years, teachers would receive raises of 2.5 percent, 2.5 percent and 3 percent.

These numbers were the same as the district’s third proposal, with the exception of the second year, which previously was at 2 percent.

The last Kankakee teachers strike was in January 2010, when union members walked out for four days until they overwhelmingly approved a contract.

The average teacher salary in the district is $54,579, lower than the statewide average of $65,721, according to the Illinois School Board of Education’s website. The district has 324 teachers, the site says.