When did teacher contract negotiations begin and what has happened so far throughout the process?
By law teacher contract negotiatins must begin on a specific timeline which was followed by the District and Association. Formal negotiations began in January 2010. A mediator appointed by the State was a part of the negotiation process and he created a proposal shortly before Labor Day. This proposal was presented to the school board who rejected the proposal and the Association membership which approved the proposal. Immediately following the School Board's rejection, the Association requested the appointment of an independent fact-finder. This fact-finder heard testimony from both sides and presented her recommendations on November 29th, 2010. This report was accepted by the Association but rejected by the School Board. A second vote is required by law and the Association again voted to approve the fact-finder report. The School Board will vote for the second time on December 20th, 2010.