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Board Approves Multi-Year Contract with Sycamore Education Association

The Sycamore Board of Education unanimously approved a new multi-year collective bargaining agreement with the Sycamore Education Association (SEA) during its June 2 meeting.

The new three-year contract was overwhelmingly ratified on May 27 by SEA members, which represents about 450 Sycamore teachers, counselors, school nurses, and media specialists.

“After the incredibly challenging year we have had, we are pleased to reach an agreement that reflects the value of our teachers and certified staff,” said Frank Forsthoefel, superintendent. 

The agreement includes a 2-percent salary base increase in the first year of the contract, followed by increases of 2.25 percent and 2.5 percent in years two and three respectively.   Employees will also be eligible for longevity step increases during the term of this agreement. 

“This ends the year on a high note, knowing that there is a three-year agreement in place,” said Danielle Scrase, SEA President. “I hope that members can completely relax and enjoy their summer because each and every one of them truly deserves it.” 

Recognizing that this school year has been a success due to the hard work and dedication of both our certified and classified staff, the Board of Education has also approved a $2,000 stipend payment to OAPSE bargaining unit members, exempt regular employees, SEA members, and all other certified staff.

“The Board of Education is grateful for the work our teaching and certified staff members do each day to support the academic achievement and well-being of our students, but especially throughout the pandemic,” said Melissa Weiss, Board president. “This new agreement allows us to support continued excellence while also being good stewards of the resources our community has provided us.”