Thank you to everyone who attended last night's ratification meeting. The Unit A contract was voted down, 91 to 155. I sincerely appreciate everyone's point of view and willingness to speak. As I have said to many people, members disagreed and agreed, but no one was disagreeable.
Following this ratification, the negotiating team will share your feedback with Administration and School Committee. We have already scheduled two meetings next week. We will do what we can, but the negotiating team needs time to reset and regroup.
I have received many emails today. As these only come to me on the Outlook site, I will forward them to our Negotiating team (Unit A). This will allow us to review and reflect upon your concerns.
If anyone would like to join the Negotiating team, please email me by Tuesday, May 10, 2016. The Executive Board will vote by majority rule to determine the new negotiating team.
Administration will change on July 1, 2016. I am cautiously hopeful that this will bring a fresh perspective to negotiations. However, I can not make any promises.