New teachers from Galesburg, Knoxville, and Monmouth were invited to attended a luncheon welcoming them to the community.
Teachers from different disciplines and grade levels enjoyed time with each other and the business community this afternoon, hosted by the Galesburg-Area Chamber of Commerce.
Many teachers are getting their classrooms ready and looking forward to the start of the new year. But in Galesburg teachers are on the brink picketing.
For new Galesburg High School math teacher Christa Charlton, she’s very aware of a possible strike; but she tells WGIL in the back of her mind she knows which ever way it goes she’ll still have a job.
“The way I look at it, there’s two things that are going to offer job security, no matter what time in the world we are, and those are education and health care,” Charlton said. “Even if worse does come to worse, and a strike happens, I know they’re not going to shut down the school. I know the kids are going to need to learn from somewhere. I’m just going to wait it out.”
District 205 Superintendent Bart Arthur was scheduled to speak at today’s luncheon. However, due to continuing negotiations with the teachers union, Tammie Bolden, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, spoke in his absence.