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Tacoma School Board talking teacher contract behind closed doors

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on Aug. 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm with No Comments »
August 31, 2011 7:33 pm

UPDATE: (7:25 p.m.) Superintendent Art Jarvis said he’s “gladdened” to report that classes will go on as planned Thursday.

“It is my understanding that there is no vote by our teachers to do anything other than to show up tomorrow,” he said after the school board briefly reconvened its meeting about 7:25 p.m.

Jarvis said “it is obvious that we have a lot of work yet to do to achieve a contract that can be ratified by both sides” and that a state mediator will continue to help with negotiations.

The school board is back is executive session, although members aren’t expected to take any action when they emerge in about 15 minutes.

 

UPDATE: (6:50 p.m.) The board just emerged from executive session but isn’t taking any action yet. The meeting will reconvene once the teachers’ votes are counted.

“We’re just waiting,” said Board President Kurt Miller.

 

UPDATE: (6:30 p.m.) The board still is behind closed doors. The district now says the executive session will last another half-hour.

 

UPDATE: A district official said at 5:58 p.m. that the closed-door session will last another 30 minutes.

 

The Tacoma School Board briefly convened its 5 p.m. meeting in public, and now is behind closed doors discussing the district’s ongoing contract negotiations with the teachers union.

The district and union exchanged proposals at 2 p.m. but no agreement has been reached. The contract expires today.

Classes are supposed to start tomorrow.

Board President Kurt Miller announced that the closed-door session will last an hour.

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