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After 3 years, teacher contract talks show promise, says association president

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

By Ivy Herron


Finally, there is good news to share about the three- year battle between the Clay Community Schools Classroom Teachers Association and the Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees.

"There's a definite light at the end of the tunnel," Association President Russ True said about the recent return to the bargaining table by both sides.

The new school year began without an apparent resolution in sight. But the teachers association leadership says things are looking up.

"We've been back to the bargaining table twice in the past two weeks," True said.

True wouldn't comment on the details, but said he was optimistic about the future.

"I'd be really surprised if we didn't have a decision by the end of the year," he said.

Teachers have been at odds with the school board over wage increases, health insurance and the creation of a new schedule that would allow a student to acquire more than 48 credit hours during their high school career.

"There seems to be a real spirit of cooperation, a movement in a positive direction," School Board President Dottie King said. "Maybe we all have finally realized that tension is not fruitful and we're more willing to work towards a resolution."

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