Striking District 209 teachers stand in Miller Meadow, a forest preserve across the street from Proviso Math and Science Academy in Forest Park. Michael Romain

One of the longest teachers strikes in District 209 history is set to come to an end after the Proviso Teachers Union (PTU) Local 571 and district administrators reached a tentative three-year contract agreement on Wednesday, both sides have confirmed. 

“Proviso High School District 209 and the Proviso Teachers Union (PTU) are pleased to announce we have reached a tentative agreement on the terms of a three-year contract (2021-2024),” District 209 school board President Rodney Alexander vote in a statement released Wednesday evening. 

“In the coming weeks, PTU members will vote to approve the terms of the agreement,” Alexander said. “The District 209 Board of Education will convene to do the same. Specific contract terms will be available for public release at that time.” 

According to the Chicago Tribune, PTU Local 571 President Maggie Riley, who also teaches at Proviso West in Hillside, said that the PTU membership will vote on a tentative agreement next week. 

“We are pleased to reach an agreement that prioritizes our students, parents and communities,” Riley said in a statement. 

The tentative agreement means that the district’s roughly 4,200 students will return to classes after this week’s Spring Break ends. 

“Classes and extracurricular activities will resume on Monday, March 28, 2022,”Alexander said. 

The teachers had been on strike since March 4.