March 9, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Gresham-Barlow School Board to consider implementation of final offer in teacher negotiations
Superintendent’s recommendation comes as critical deadlines loom
The Gresham-Barlow School Board will hold a special board meeting on March 13 at 7 p.m. at the school district office. At the meeting, the board will consider authorizing the implementation of the district’s 2011-13 Licensed Collective Bargaining Agreement Proposal.
In a March 9 letter to school district staff, Superintendent Jim Schlachter stated that implementation is needed to meet critical deadlines as the district plans for the 2012-13 school year.
Schlachter stated that the district’s proposed 2012-13 budget is due in April, the district is required to present a proposed 2012-13 academic calendar to the school board on April 5, and school staff need to finalize master schedules and build schedules for the 3,700 high school students the district serves.
“Asking the board to unilaterally implement the district’s last proposal is not something I want to do,” said Superintendent Jim Schlachter. “However, at this time implementation is absolutely necessary to ensure the district can complete the critical planning required to prepare for next school year.”
Schlachter added that implementation does not mean an end to negotiations with the Gresham-Barlow Education Association.
“The district understands the need to reach a settlement with the teachers association,” said Schlachter. “The district is willing to go back to the bargaining table in an effort to reach an agreement that maintains the district’s financial stability and its ability to provide students with a quality education.”
More information about the district’s negotiations with the Gresham-Barlow Education Association can be found online at www.gresham.k12.or.us.