The bargaining team of the South Park Education Association will hold a press conference today to update the media and community after the first day of the educator strike. The event will start at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Park County School District administration building on 6th Street in Fairplay, and will be streamed live at facebook.com/SouthParkEA/.
The bargaining team members will also use the opportunity to refute falsehoods published by the District this morning. SPEA will maintain the District knew about the strike a week in advance, communicated with SPEA this weekend on actions the District could take to avoid the strike, and understands compensation is an integral part of any professional agreement that will give educators a voice in retaining and attracting good educators for Park County students.
“Educators felt very supported today by community members who value our contributions and want to see the District return to public discussions with SPEA to end this teacher retention crisis,” said Taya Mastrobuono, an elementary school teacher and president of the South Park Education Association. “The District, though, only sought to aggravate and mislead in its public comments, leading us to believe it wants no part in resolving the crisis through a good faith partnership with its educators.”
SPEA members will continue the strike tomorrow, Oct. 15, with picketing throughout the day beginning at 7:00 a.m. at the Park County Schools Building. More information on strike logistics can be found at speastrong.com.
SPEA will continue the food and goods drive and the childcare arranged 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.
“We are ready for another day, and possibly many more days, of standing up for our rights and our students’ futures,” said Mastrobuono. “Our door is open to the District whenever and wherever it wants to meet with us. Striking is completely avoidable if the District finds the will to compromise, and yet completely necessary if District expects us bow down and accept its mandates.”
SPEA will follow with another release if the District takes any action today/tonight that averts a strike.