District 219 School Board Approves Pay for Third Party Groups During School Closure


Ethan Carey

Food service employees, in addition to security guards, CLW employees, and building and grounds employees, will continue to receive pay during the school closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Sarah Waters, News Editor and Academics Editor

The Niles Township Federation of Teachers and Support Staff (NTFTSS) worked with district administrators to ensure all third party school employees—such as security guards and those employed within building and grounds, Children’s Learning World, and food service—will continue to be paid during school closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The school board approved the proposal during Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

NTFTSS president and math teacher Tim Miller wrote in an emailed statement that this issue was a union concern.

“Our district has shown great strength and power when coming together to do right by people,” Miller wrote. “What great respect we should have for our administration and our board of education members to work with the union in such a steady and fast way to make positive impacts on so many lives.”