Teacher negotiations continued to April 17

Teacher negotiations continued to April 17

By JOE LOFARO
Special to the Press
Members of the Weakley County Board of Education and the Weakley County Education Association (WCEA) were scheduled to wrap up teacher negotiations March 27, instead both sides will now meet at 3:30 p.m. on April 17.
“We had several people who were not able to attend our meeting on March 27, so, we went ahead and scheduled one more meeting,” Randy Frazier, the director of Weakley County Schools said.
Frazier said the meeting will be used to wrap up negotiations with the county’s teachers. The current teachers’ contract expires June 30 of this year.
“The board and the teachers are trying to do what is best for the students,” Frazier said.
Betsi Foster, the facilitator for the WCEA team, said she agreed with Frazier. “Doing the best for the students allows us to take care of the teachers as well. We want to be amicable,” Foster said.
Frazier said the two sides have talked a lot about teacher evaluation, professional development and teacher morale/professionalism.
The upcoming meeting should include discussions about salary and insurance, pay raises and the budget.
“If all goes well a memorandum of understanding will be drafted,” Frazier said. “It will signed off and agreed upon and we will be finished.
“So far, the negotiations have gone very well,” Frazier said.
Frazier said some of the issues included payroll day; confidentially for teachers pay; budget; salary and insurance; and teacher morale/teacher performance.

Published in The WCP 4.4.13

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