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Teacher Contract Talks Begin; Open Session Scheduled

Teacher Contract Talks Begin; Open Session Scheduled

Hagerstown, MD (December 13, 2007)- Preliminary negotiations have begun on a new contract for teachers in the Washington County Public Schools. The current contract expires June 30, 2008. Several sessions to lay groundwork have been held this fall, including an October 8 th meeting to establish negotiation protocol. Negotiations will include sessions open to the public in a format that is comprised of closed executive sessions followed by open sessions. Negotiators from the Board of Education (BOE) and the Washington County Teachers Association (WCTA) have scheduled the first open negotiating session on Thursday, January 17, 2008, at a time and location to be determined.
Both sides have agreed to each bring eight issues, aside from salary and benefits to the formal negotiations. The Board of Education and the BOE negotiating team of chief negotiator Tim Thornburg and Donna Newcomer from the Human Resources Department, Chief Financial Officer Chris South, Director of High Schools Clyde Harrell, school principals Ryan Hench and Kathy Stiles, and an assistant principal, Kelly Buckwalter-Daniels, are finalizing their list of eight issues to present in negotiations.
BOE chief negotiator Thornburg says early discussions have been productive. "We look forward to continued meaningful dialogue with the union in order to settle outstanding issues and reach an agreement that is fair for everyone."
The WCTA negotiating team members are Jeff Farr, Neil Becker, Nina Garrett, Becky Higgins, Diane Mentzer, Robin Spickler, Brian Stottlemyer, and Heath Wilcox, with Denise Fry and Scott Miller advising from the union office.

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