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      Quincy teachers sign 2010 contract

      Update: Nov 24, 2010 11:58 a.m.

      QFT and the Board of Education have signed the contract agreement for 2010-2011.

      It is available on the district TMs website.


      Update: October 30, 2010 10:00 a.m.

      The Quincy School Board approved its teacher contract Saturday morning. Members went into an executive session for almost an hour and a half before relating the news to the public.

      Union President Michelle Eberlin was at the meeting. She told KHQA, the announcement was a bitter sweet one.

      "It is important that people are aware that, more than 100 member, 100 staff will be harmed in this process in terms of going backwards in take-home pay due to the insurance," said Michelle Eberlin.


      Update: October 26, 2010 10:00 p.m.

      Quincy teachers can start the day with a big sigh of relief.

      Teachers have approved a contract that they've been voting on through Tuesday night.

      There aren't too many details to release to the public just yet, and just because the teachers approved the contract doesn't mean it's ratified and ready to go.

      The school board now has to take action.

      It's set to vote this Saturday.

      You'll remember Quincy teachers have been working on an extended contract since August.

      KHQA spoke with Union President Michelle Eberlin last night shortly after the votes were tallied.

      She says, at this point, she's very relieved to say the least.

      "There's part of us that we can focus more on what we're doing during the day. Through the days we've looked forward to seeing my little guys and gals because it's taken my mind off of the stressors and I'm relieved," says Eberline.

      Something else we don't know...the specifics of the contract.

      Eberlin says until it's ratified, the public will not know what the contract entails.

      We also don't know the length of the contract, but in talking with Eberlin, it's believed to be just a one year contract.

      We also spoke with School Board Vice President Tom Dickerson.

      He says he's also pleased that the teachers passed the proposed contract tonight, and that both sides are relieved that the process is behind them.

      While the specifics won't be made public until the board votes, it's safe to say this is a short term contract.

      "I don't think it'll be any surprise to anyone that given the economic climate in general and in education in Illinois, it's very hard to look our very far. I think it's fair to both sides to give this little time to rest and see what happens a little later on," says Dickerson.

      The contract will go into effect as soon as the school board signs off on it.