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DeKalb school board to vote on labor deal

Published: Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 5:33 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 8:29 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – The union that represents DeKalb District 428 teachers expects the approval of its new contract with the school board to go smoothly Tuesday.

Negotiators representing the DeKalb Classroom Teachers Association reached a tentative deal with board negotiators Saturday, and teachers ratified the new three-year pact Sunday. But it won't become official until a vote by the board in a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the District's Education Center, 901 S. Fourth St.

Unions spokesman T.J. Fontana says the DCTA expects an uneventful approval.

"It seems like in talking to the two board board members that we've been dealing with – [School Board President] Tom Matya and [Vice President] Tracy Williams – this [deal] has the support of the board," Fontana said. "We're hoping that this is going to be a quick meeting."

The agenda for the meeting doesn't make note of an opportunity for public comment, but Fontana said teachers union members and their supporters weren't planning to speak, anyway.

Teachers are expected to be at work Tuesday morning in preparation for the start of school Wednesday.

"We have to report to work at 8 a.m. [Tuesday], so we couldn't [come out in force] even if we wanted," Fontana said. "... We feel that the board members and the members of the negotiating team are speaking on our behalf at this time."

A message left with Williams, the board's spokesman, was not immediately returned Monday.

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