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Teachers and district not in agreement

Christine Stanley
Sierra Sun

Negotiators from the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and the Tahoe Truckee Education Association were unsuccessful in their fourth attempt to agree on teacher contracts and cost of living increases.

The two groups met on Monday and after six hours of tug and pull, teachers said they left the table disappointed once again.

“We still have disagreements regarding compensation,” said Scott Beaudry, lead negotiator for the teacher’s association. “Teachers are extremely disappointed with the lack of progress.”

Details of the meeting were not available because of confidentiality agreements, but Assistant Superintendent Jo Wilson said she is still optimistic that teachers and the district will be able to reach a fair agreement.

“We’re still working, and we’re chipping away, so we’ve got hope,” Wilson said.

Negotiating groups are scheduled to meet with a state-appointed mediator after the new year, Beaudry said, and if time allows, he said the groups would also like to meet before the holiday vacation.

Negotiations in the district have been cause for tension and low morale, some teachers said, but seem less intense than negotiation strife in Lake Tahoe Unified School District, where three school board members had their vehicle tires slashed.

The South Tahoe Education Association and the district have been locked in a stalemate for most of the school year over what portion of the state-provided Cost of Living Adjustment should be passed on to teachers.

No teacher has been charged with the vandalism, but board member Barbara Bannar said that it seems unlikely that anyone else would have done it.


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