No action taken on Oysterponds teacher contract

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | The Oysterponds Board of Education held a special meeting today at the elementary school in Orient to discuss teacher contract negotiations.

The Oysterponds school board took no action today following a two hour executive session in which it discussed its teacher contract negotiations.

The school board has been ironing out a new teacher’s contract to replace the agreement that expired during the 2010-2011 school year. Since the school board and teacher’s union have reached an impasse, officials said the matter is being mediated through the state’s Public Employment Relations Board, known as PERB.

After the special meeting at the elementary school in Orient, school board vice president Janice Caufield said there has been two mediation sessions held so far and the school board “may or may not” schedule a third, which is the most number of PERB sessions it’s currently entitled to. The school board had no further comment since the negotiations are ongoing.

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