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Teachers protest before meeting

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A group of teachers organized signs to say "Support Us!" at Monday night's protest in front of North Clay Middle School. Pictured holding signs are (l to r): Floy Galbraith, East Side Elementary, Jamie Elwell, Northview High School, Rachel Fagg, East Side, Lana Hendrix, Meridian Elementary, Linda Grove, Meridian, Karen Cooper, Meridian, Michelle Burk, Northview, Emily Shorter, East Side, Pam Fulk, East Side and Dava Boor, Northview.
Several Clay Community School teachers showed up Monday evening for a rally set up by the Clay Community Classroom Teachers Association.

The teachers brought pickets with them and chanted "five long years."

All CCCTA President Russ True hoped was that Monday's rally got the attention of the CCS school board.

"I just hope the board understands it's time for them to step up to the plate and give us a fair salary offer," True said.

For five years, teachers within the corporation have been operating on a status quo contract.

According to True, all the teachers are hoping to continue bargaining for now is an increase in salary.

"On our end, it's salary," True said. "But the issues keep changing. I think the board is going to have to see we are united. We are not happy with their handling of this issue.

"I think our message is pretty clear."

True said the teachers staged a rally on the first day of school this year and Monday's rally was the first of several activities that are in the "planning stages."

"This is a rally that is set to give the board a message," True said. "They need to see this."

Teachers within the local corporation were not the only ones at the rally Monday.

Indiana State Teacher's Association Vice President Teresa Meredith said several teachers from around the state were at the event to show Clay Community teachers support.

"We're here to stand and support teachers," Meredith said. "Our hope is the school board will listen.

"I was not aware it had taken five years. I think they've been patient."

ISTA President Nate Schnellenberger agreed.

"We're trying to draw some attention to the fact that teachers have been patient," Schnellenberger said. "The school board needs to get serious and meet its responsibility to teachers and to the community.

"There's no other contract in the state that's been open this long."

True said CCCTA teachers have been operating with a status quo contract for five years, two shy of what he called the state record of seven years.

"Five years is too long," True said. "The state record is seven. We're not interested in setting a new record."

True said he wasn't sure what it would take to get the contract issues resolved. He said the association is still bargaining with the board, but thought its last offer was "an insult."

"Every time I think we're close, they roll out another problem to be solved," he said. "I wish I knew what it would take. I hope this gives them the idea that they need to do more."

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-- Posted by 5longyears on Tue, Sep 11, 2007, at 4:35 PM

The school board continues to play games. They have a 4.2 million dollar surplus in their general fund to give teachers and won't do it, they don't have the money in their capital fund to do their 56 million dollar building renovation project, but they push ahead with that. We're going to have a Taj Mahal of a school building with no teachers to teach.

-- Posted by cubsdog on Wed, Sep 12, 2007, at 8:10 AM

I agree with "cubsdog", the reality of this 5 year contract dispute is that we will loose quality teachers. Why doesn't the board realize that the way you treat employees will reflect in their morale, quantity of work and quality of work. All parents in this community need to call the school board members and demand that as elected officials that they step up to the plate, do their jobs and resolve this contract issue.

-- Posted by 5longyears on Wed, Sep 12, 2007, at 10:16 PM

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