Deer Lakes School District official optimistic of on-time classes start
Deer Lakes School District officials are expecting the new school year to start as scheduled on Sept. 2, despite not having a contract with the district's teachers union, a district spokesman said.
The district is about to start its second school year without a labor agreement with its teachers. Their last contract expired June 30, 2013. Teachers worked last school year under the terms of the expired pact.
Deer Lakes spokesman Jim Cromie said Monday the district expects classes to start as planned, although no negotiations are scheduled to be held before school starts.
Two negotiations sessions between the district and the union, the Deer Lakes Education Association, are scheduled on Sept. 18 and Oct. 6. Cromie called that a positive sign.
“We remain hopeful that we can come to an agreement that is fair to everyone,” Cromie said.
There was no mention of the contract or the ongoing negotiations at the school board's meeting Monday night, the board's last scheduled voting meeting before the start of the school year.
No residents commented on the issue, and teachers did not have any visible presence at the meeting.
A large number of teachers, many carrying signs, were present at the board's April meeting.
The district and union last met Aug. 13.
Teachers union President Kevin Cochran previously said the session was “not productive,” and the district and union are still far apart on some issues including salaries, benefits and contract language.
Cochran said previously that he is “pretty sure” school will start as planned.
A strike is not something the 132-member union wants to do, he said previously, “but there is some growing frustration.” Cochran did not return a call Monday evening.
The district's teachers return to work next Monday. Cochran said teachers will meet the afternoon of Aug. 26 to discuss their situation.
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Leechburg man charged with molesting girls, watching child pornography
- Teenage suspect in Leechburg killing held for trial
- Springdale Township standoff ends peacefully
- Brackenridge nonprofit organization dreams BIG
- Mia Z (Zanotti) of Hyde Park advances on NBC’s ‘The Voice’
- Stray bald eagle does flyby at Hays nest
- Late-night fire that gutted Springdale house not suspicious
- Blasting to last a year at Freeport Brick mine location
- Death of Burrell student-athlete prompts Noah’s Law
- Apollo-Ridge puts delinquent taxpayers on notice online
- Witness tracks down Springdale burglary suspects