Avoca District 37 teachers to rally outside school board meeting demanding a new contract

Teachers have been without a contract for exactly one month, since Aug. 24.
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Teachers from a small North Shore school district will rally Thursday night ahead of the district board meeting.

When the Avoca District 37 board meets Thursday night at Marie Murphy School in Wilmette, the district's 85 teachers, librarians, social workers and school psychologists will be outside showing their solidarity.

According to Jen Pease, president of the Avoca Education Association, teachers have been without a contract for exactly one month, since Aug. 24.

Pease said the school board wants to take away hard-fought benefits from teachers.

"Some of the drastic changes would be cuts to the salary schedule, cuts to retirement benefits, and insurance benefits," she said.

Pease also said the board also wants to change the master schedule so students would get more instructional time, but in doing so, she said teachers would lose some preparation time, not to mention the possible loss of some teaching jobs.

Pease said there has not been any talk of a teachers strike, at this point.

District 37 has two schools with a total of about 700 students.

WBBM Newsradio has reached out to District 37 for comment.