Educators welcome District back to bargaining for benefit of Park County students
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 29, 2019
FAIRPLAY, Colo. – Nearly six hours past yesterday’s 4:00 p.m.
deadline to provide a meaningful counterproposal on educator pay, the Park
County School District (PCSD) only resubmitted proposals that South Park
Education Association (SPEA) had previously rejected during mediation.
“The District proposals do not achieve competitive educator pay and benefits that are so vital to helping every student in Park County thrive,” said SPEA President Taya Mastrobuono, an elementary school teacher in Fairplay. “The District’s lack of a reasonable or even original counterproposal to advance negotiations shows their unwillingness to bargain in good faith and will force the educators of South Park Education Association to take a strike vote, Wednesday, September 4.”
District has refused to negotiate salaries and have meaningful conversations
with educators about its financial projections in a public bargaining
session for years. District audits shows excessive funds held in reserve
that could build a competitive salary schedule for all employees.
“The District struggles to retain and attract good educators for our students,” said Mastrobuono. “The District needs to be mindful that students are the ones who suffer when good educators leave because they can’t afford to live in our community. Board members have not heard our voice.”
invites the District to work toward an agreement in hopes the District does
what is necessary to prevent a strike. SPEA is committed to its offer to meet
at the bargaining table in good faith, Sep. 6, to further discuss an agreement
that will benefit the students of Park County.
“Leadership of the South Park Education Association authorized a strike vote for Wednesday, September 4, in order to retain and attract dedicated employees who love our students and are committed to making the Fairplay community a great place to work and raise a family. No educator wants a strike; we want to be in school with our students. However, we are prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure that our students have the schools they deserve,” Mastrobuono concluded.
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