Homewood School District 153 and the Homewood Education Association (HEA) have reached an agreement on a five-year contract that includes salary raises for teachers and staff. HEA approved the agreement on June 2. The District 153 board ratified it on June 7. Board President Shelly Marks characterized negotiations as positive and collegial. “Thanks to the strong partnership we have with staff, District 153 now has a crucial piece in place to help us plan better for the future,” Marks said. “This contract balances our needs to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars and to invest . . .