Archive for Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Teachers seek pact talks

June 12, 2007

Teachers and the National Education Association Shawnee Mission representatives Monday once again begged the Shawnee Mission School Board to come back to the table for teacher contract negotiations instead of following through with an impasse.

"Don't view us as combatants," Sheryl Siegele, president of NEA Shawnee Mission, said to the board members during a forum comment at Monday night's school board meeting. "Negotiations cannot just be the forum for the board to announce what the salary and calendar are going to be that year."

Curt Tideman, the board's legal counsel from Lathrop and Gage, said the board declared impasse because neither side could agree.

Once either side declares impasse, the state will appoint a mediator who will help both parties come to an agreement. A mediator has not yet been appointed and the impasse can be called off bringing discussions back to the table, Siegele said.

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