GalesburgTeachers Approve New Contract by Slim Margin

Published 08/28 2014 02:09PM

Updated 08/28 2014 11:31PM

GALESBURG - It's back to the classroom for Galesburg students and teachers.

The two-week long strike is over after seventeen-hours of negotiations yesterday and a six-hour meeting today.

The negotiating teams reached an agreement on the contract early this morning, but it took the teacher's union nearly six hours during the day to vote on it.

It passed by a slim margin.

Teachers looked visibly upset walking out of the building after the vote was calculated.

One teacher even said “a ridiculous decision was made today.”

The main sticking point was recall rights, and the superintendent says the board wasn't able to budge much because of state law.

It seemed like the pressure was on these past few days to make sure the football team did not miss its first game against Moline tomorrow night, but the superintendent says that was not the deciding factor.

"I think the length of time that the students were in school was more concerning to both sides, and I'm really happy that we came to an agreement. And now we get them going back to school,” Superintendent Bart Arthur said.

Parents received phone calls and emails this morning from the district letting them know school will be back in session tomorrow.

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