With a deadline rapidly approaching, Crawford County Community School Corp. Board of Trustees members and the Crawford County Classroom Teachers Association were able to come to a preliminary agreement for an updated contract.
Tension was high during the brief public meeting on Monday, Sept. 30, during which board president Dennis Talley informed the public that an agreement had not been met and the meeting was adjourned.
Members of the CTA bargaining team were adamant that they would stay as long needed to come to an agreement with the trustees in an effort to keep the bargaining process local.
Superintendent Dr. Mark Eastridge said that had the two parties not come to an agreement before the Sept. 30 deadline, the bargaining process would have moved from a direct bargaining between the two factions to a mediated approach with a state-appointed mediator.
If within three mediated meetings an agreement was still not reached, the process then would have gone into the fact-finding phase and a state-appointed fact-finder would have been appointed.
The new agreement has received approval from a majority of CTA members, and Eastridge is confident trustees will approve.
The contract up for vote is a one-year agreement between the corporation and the CTA and, if passed, will be retroactive to Aug. 1. It will run until July 31, 2014.
The meeting for the formal vote by trustees was to take place last night (Tuesday). An update will be in next week's issue.