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DESPA contract to be finalized tonight?

Tentative deal reached Jan. 28

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – The Dixon Educational Support Personnel Association has been without a contract for nearly 20 months, but that could change tonight.

DESPA, the union that represents teacher’s aides, and the Dixon School District came to a tentative contract agreement Jan. 28. For the contract to take effect, it needs to be ratified by union members and then approved by the school board.

It was the second tentative agreement the two sides have reached since the previous contract expired in June 2012.

On Feb. 11, DESPA President Mindy Donoho said she was hopeful her members could meet and vote on the contract before today’s school board meeting.

An action item for the DESPA contract is listed on the agenda for the school board meeting tonight.

Donoho didn’t respond requests for comment on Tuesday.

The proposed contract is for 4 years and covers the 2012-13 and the current school years. The contract expires after the 2015-16 school year.

Meeting tonight

The Dixon Board of Education meets at 6:30 tonight at Washington Elementary, 703 E. Morgan St., in the gymnasium.

Go to or call the school district's central office at 815-284-7722 for an agenda or more information.

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