“Our teachers are the heart of this community and they deserve a fair contract,” said Winnebago School District parent Stephanie King.
King and dozens of other Winnebago Education Association supporters held signs like “I support my teachers” and “I’m doing this for my teacher tribe” outside Jean McNair Elementary school Wednesday. Their hope was to inspire a tentative agreement between the Winnebago School District and the WEA.
“The fact that our teachers have worked over a year with no contract and have still shown up every day and given our kids 110% speaks volumes about the amazing people that we have here,” King said. Last Thursday the teachers union filed an intent to strike. Supporters of the WEA pushed Winnebago School District Board Members to offer a fair contract to avoid a strike.
“Parents, tax payers, and members of the 323 district will not stand for our teachers to be dismissed,” King added. King was the organizer of the rally. She grew up attending Winnebago Schools and all three of her daughters go to Dorthy Simon Elementary School. She says the teachers there deserve a good contract.
“My girls have amazing teachers, amazing paraprofessionals, and they do life changing things every single day,” she said. District officials haven’t pointed to why a contract hasn’t been reached. They say they intend to reach a deal and future meetings are scheduled to find a resolution.
“We are looking for a resolution and through that process we are working with the WEA to schedule future meetings,” said Winnebago School District Superintendent Dr. John Schwuchow.