South Park Education Association’s bargaining team members prepared a presentation today for SPEA members of the “take it or leave it” offer made last night by the Park County School District. After reviewing both SPEA and PCSD proposals, members in a straw poll vote unanimously rejected the District’s counter offer. A side by side review can be found at speastrong.com.
SPEA will hold a community meeting tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Fairplay Fire Station (21455 U.S. Highway 285). “The community was very vocal at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting that they want transparency. We want them to feel informed of what has happened over the last few days,” said Taya Mastrobuono, elementary school teacher and SPEA president.
The members also started a petition demanding Superintendent Joe Torrez resign after a unanimous vote of “no confidence” by the bargaining unit. Additionally, they demand Board President Kim Bundgaard and Board Directors Jan Toyne and Leslie Rhyner resign immediately and seat new board members in an emergency meeting to be scheduled as early as Monday.
“We are prepared to continue to stand up for our rights and our students’ futures for as long as it takes,” 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 the District expects us to bow down and accept its mandates.”
SPEA continues the food and goods drive at the Fairplay Fire Station. Families can pick up donated food and goods from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The childcare arranged with the Boys and Girls Club of South Park for students and families in need will resume Monday at 360 9th Street, Fairplay, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. SPEA will post updated strike information HERE and on Facebook for educators, media and the Park County community.
Finally, as a reminder, if your family is affected by the strike and you need child care or food, please go to the Strike Update page on the SPEAstrong website for more information.
Thank you for your continued love and support,
The educators of the South Park Education Association