No settlement reached at school district mediations |

No settlement reached at school district mediations

Jenny GoldsmithSierra Sun
Jenny Goldsmith/Sierra SunA group of Tahoe Truckee Unified School District teachers and parents gathered last Wednesday before the district board meeting to rally support and educate the community about the dispute over the teacher's contract.

School district officials and teacher union members did not reach a salary settlement during the second mediation session on Monday, causing frustration among teachers who were hoping to negotiate before the end of the school year, said union representatives.There was no settlement and I think in general the teachers, after hearing that, have been pretty disappointed, said Scott Beaudry, a teacher at Kings Beach Elementary School and lead negotiator for the Tahoe Truckee Education Association.Because the district and the teachers union were unable to reach an agreement by February, an impasse was declared and a state mediator was brought in to facilitate discussions, which began in May.There were no negotiations, but I think there was productive talk all day, said Superintendent Steve Jennings of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.The district has taken the last pay increase offer of three percent off the table, and there havent been any further discussions on what the next offer will be, Jennings said.Were working hard to come to a resolution, Jennings said.However, if the mediator determines both sides are still unable to reach an agreement, the next step will be to conduct fact finding where a panel of representatives one from the union, one from the district and one from a neutral party will examine the facts and figures before submitting a written opinion, Jennings said.The third mediation session will be held June 30, Jennings said.

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