Central School District, teachers union reach new contract agreement

Central High School, or Burlington Central, is a public four-year high school located in Burlington, Illinois, a far northwest suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States.

Central Community School District 301 reached an agreement with the Central Education Association on a new three-year collective bargaining agreement ahead of the new school year, according to a news release.

“Both the Central Education Association and the Board of Education are pleased to have the agreement finalized for the return of staff this school year,” Superintendent Todd Stirn said in the release.

The school year began Aug. 15.

The agreement will continue through the end of the 2024-25 school year, pending school board approval. The contract includes a 10.7% average base salary increase in the first year of the agreement, according to the release.

“As our area has grown rapidly, our compensation rate has not,” Deputy Superintendent Esther Mongan said in the release. “The initial bump in salary corrects that and puts us on a clear path to compete with our neighbors along the Fox River and keeps our eyes on the future.”

“The CEA is pleased to announce our members have ratified this new teacher contract,” Central Education Association President David Chapman said in the release. “We feel this contract will help attract and retain educators while continuing to provide a great education to our students.”

The second year of the contract and the final year of the contract will include a 4.6% increase for each year.

The agreement also includes newly approved stipends for future programs, setting the stage for new IHSA sports and activities such as boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls bowling, robotics and bass fishing.

“We are excited that we’ll be able to offer sports and activities that we haven’t been able to in the past at Central,” Stirn said. “However, it also shows the unprecedented growth we are experiencing and the need to satisfy the needs of our stakeholders.”

Once the agreement has been formally approved by the school board, it will be available online for public access at www.Central301.net.