Negotiations meeting results in new District proposalFriday, January 10, 2014
The Medford School District and the Medford Education Association continued contract discussions today to work towards a contract agreement that can be ratified and approved by both parties. The teams met together for over 10 hours. The meeting began at 8:00 a.m. and was the second such meeting this week. After robust discussion of the financial circumstances of the district, the work year calendar and working conditions, the District team caucused to develop a new proposal (appended below) and presented it to MEA at 5:00 p.m.
The new proposal incorporated the tentative agreements
finalized three days ago between the two parties into the Districtís December 12, 2013, amended Final Offer. These included
Article I Contract Conditions
Article V Grievance
Article VI Bargaining Unit Member Rights
Article VIII Lay off
Article XVI Extra Compensation
Article XVIII Joint Committees
The new proposal also provided additional changes
including the following
- Acceptance of specific language from the Associationís final offer for Article IX School Calendar and Work Year that included
- A School Calendar and Work Year that shall not exceed 190 for this school year and the next two.
- A School Calendar that may include up to 177 days when pupils are in attendance. (This is an increase from the 170 day limitation that has been in effect the past two years.)
The District also included language allowing the District to add additional contract days in the 2015-16 school year if the District is able to afford paying teachers the daily rate for any additional days.
- Improved language in Article XI Working Conditions, including revised definitions to clarify
Upon conclusion of the todayís work, the teams committed to meet again next Tuesday, January 14, to resume their effort to develop a ratifiable contract.
- What teacher preparation time is and ways to protect it.
- What Professional Learning Communities are.
- Grading Time is teacher-driven time for student progress and grade reporting.
- The amount of time that secondary teachers have for classroom preparation time each day and direction to provide such time equitably.
, to see the summary document outlining the Districtís Proposal.