I want to thank everyone who came out today to voice their concerns and bring their questions forward. Thank you to all the members who asked questions. It certainly is not easy to speak in front of a large group. I hope everyone felt as if their questions were honored and respected. We may not all agree or like the answer, but the ratification was your opportunity to share you voice.
The Snow Day MOA was voted in favor. It was accepted by the membership as written. I called Dr. Salim as I left Chapman to share the results and will present the document to him tomorrow. From there it will be signed by School Committee. I wanted to be sure I was fulfilling my job responsibilities in a procedurally correct manner. Thank you for your patience.
For the members who shared their concerns about the SATs, again I voiced these to Dr. Salim. He said that he is continuing to work with the state and administration. He and I will continue to meet to develop a plan to meet the students' needs. Dr. Salim and I will also review the results of the waiver.
The five drafts of the MO, three weeks of negotiations, two emergency meetings with the Executive Board, emails with valuable insights from the membership and an unprecedented winter did more than simply ratify a contract. It united the membership.
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President - WEA