FAIRPLAY, Colo. – Hearing no offer to resume talks from Park County School District (PCSD), educators will strike tomorrow, Oct. 14, for a fair, professional agreement that will support students by retaining and attracting good educators.
“No educator wants a strike; we want to be in school with our students. Resolving this retention crisis, though, has always been about our students and keeping school employees here who love them and are committed to this fantastic community,” said Taya Mastrobuono, an elementary school teacher and president of the South Park Education Association.
SPEA is hosting a food and goods drive and has arranged childcare with the Boys and Girls Club of South Park for students and families in need. Childcare is available at 360 9th Street, Fairplay,from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Families can pick up donated food at goods at the Fairplay Fire Station at 21455 U.S. Highway 285, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
“SPEA members want to enter into a new professional agreement with the District rooted in mutual trust and respect, and centered on the welfare of Park County students,” said Mastrobuono. “The District can send a powerful signal that it too wants to stop the revolving door of educators in and out of our schools by quickly committing a portion of the considerable funds it holds in reserve into deserved educator compensation for this current school year. Our students’ futures are at stake and it’s time for the district to take action.”
SPEA will follow with another release if the District takes any action today/tonight that averts a strike.