Archive for Thursday, December 9, 2010

Lawrence school district, teachers reach tentative pact on work agreement

December 9, 2010, 1:14 p.m. Updated December 10, 2010, 12:34 a.m.


Negotiators for the Lawrence school district and its teachers have reached a tentative agreement on scheduling and other operational issues leading into the next school year.

Now it’s time to confirm the language and forward the agreement for approval.

Negotiators for both the district and the Lawrence Education Association jointly announced their agreement Thursday morning, after meeting for several hours behind closed doors and with a mediator Wednesday night.

In their statement, the two sides noted that the agreement covers items that were being renegotiated within the two sides’ Memorandum of Understanding, which remains in force. Specific areas renegotiated were “related to reconfiguration: work year, duty day, plan time and professional development,” they said.

The two sides’ chief negotiators — Frank Harwood, the district’s chief operations officer, for the district; and Lois Orth-Lopes, a music teacher at Cordley School, for the teachers union — intend to have a final document ready for review by the end of today.

Members of the Lawrence school board will be expected to consider approving the agreement Monday night, while members of the teachers union — which represents more than 900 teachers and licensed personnel in the district — are expected to vote on ratifying the agreement next week.

The two sides have been meeting since October to renegotiate terms of this year’s work agreement, to acknowledge changes to work schedules and other matters related to the district’s plans for reconfiguring schools leading into the 2011-12 academic year: reserving elementary schools for grades K-5, establishing middle schools for grades 6-8, and expanding the rolls at both high schools with four grades, 9-12.


somedude20 7 years, 2 months ago

the world would be a better place if we all were paid with hamburgers (or meatballs)! Sorry vegans as you would be the new homeless

conservative 7 years, 2 months ago

I hope they are finally getting rid of early dismissal wednesdays.

RightinLawrence 7 years, 2 months ago

I'm sure not...."negotiations" means...making life better for the teachers...not creating a better learning environment for the students. Teachers enjoy running errands on Wednesday afternoons, doubt that's dropping out of the deal. (used to work at a business frequente by teachers on Wednesday afternoons...before clockwork)

RightinLawrence 7 years, 2 months ago

I'm sure not...."negotiations" means...making life better for the teachers...not creating a better learning environment for the students. Teachers enjoy running errands on Wednesday afternoons, doubt that's dropping out of the deal. (used to work at a business frequented by teachers on Wednesday afternoons...before clockwork)

Amy Heeter 7 years, 2 months ago

If you can read the article above thank a teacher.

Scott Morgan 7 years, 2 months ago

making teacher's job better? We should only hope so.

Who would like to do a ride along week with any English teacher at LHS or LFSHS? Hint, it takes at the least about 30 minutes for each student essay graded. Hint, no going home at 4 bells. If you believe this knock on ones door at 9 bells and bet your they are still grading. Give a tip of the hat to any you see in the real world.

Non teachers have no clue on the hours good teachers spend. You do the math, haha our high schools math teachers volunteer hours after and before school for free tutoring.

Stress, talk about stress. Without mentioning anything else, NCLB is real. Student testing scores are held over teacher's heads. NCLB is being implemented and it does cause our wonderful teachers more headaches than you realize.

Wanna coach soccer. Head coach pays about .45 cents and hour. Get rich on that. Hours are great too. How about an assistant football coach? Most are young married folks struggling to get by. Wanna answer the phone at midnight because a player's momma not happy. The .45 figure goes down.

Try saying thanks to the many who make school events possible. Even the ones taking your ticket at any school event.

Who wants to do a day with a kindertgarten teacher? Trust me, you would be hitting the rack at 8:30 p.m. So often it would make you cry.

How many of you want to work a 7 to 5 day, then travel to see a JV volleyball game. Even if you're an administrator. Get back at midnight after arranging a late night ride for a athlete who's daddy forgot to pick them up. Then get home to your young family at 1:30. Just to get up and do again. Any of you want to work a high school dance for free? Fun until you realize you're the one who has to pull a student's head out of a toilet full of vomit.

How many of you realize how many hours administrators put in? Paid well yes, but how many of you could year after year do the job ours do?

Maybe we should all begin to thank our public school staff once in a while? Changes yes. LPS or any district needs improvement. Our teachers are precious and we should all remember this.

RightinLawrence 7 years, 2 months ago

Many of us work long hours, work weekends---12 months a year. We are available by phone 24 hours a day, are required to travel, be away from our families for days, finish a long day only to drop into bed in a hotel...we have stress to meet objectives, can lose our jobs if we don't perform well...regardless of how many years we've been there...we have to go to work even when it snows...we get no " planning" periods...

But we all choose our careers and understand that means dealing with the long hours, the high stress, the unrealistic demands, the lack of appreciation...but we just shut up and do our jobs. I would suggest you do the same...many of us are sick to death of hearing teachers and administrators constantly complain about doing the job they have chosen to do. As Governor Christie in NJ says....if you don't like it, "then don't do it".

Edwin Rothrock 7 years, 2 months ago

Amen. Try grading 100 tests in the 1 hour plan period. And make copies. And tutor students. And read email from parents. And respond.

Now try that all next year - in 50 minutes.

RightinLawrence 7 years, 2 months ago

Are you all not aware that we all work with deadlines, too much work to get done in too little time...interruptions, governmental deadlines, etc....We are all asked to get more done this year in less time than we did it last is it that teachers seem to think they have the corner on the market for ALL things demanding?

Really, get over yourselves...decide if this is the career you want...if it is, then quit complaining. And if it is not, then change. might be surprised to learn that the rest of the world works all 12 months...without summers off, without two weeks off at Christmas, without a Spring Break...see, when we take goes on and we have to work twice as hard before leaving to cover things that will happen while we're gone and after we get back to catch up. Maybe the grass is not greener....

RightinLawrence 7 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, Greg. I don't resort to calling names. And get home at 5pm every day...oh, it is Saturday night and I am working now--guess what, that's how it goes. And, as if it matters to you, I work with children and families from all over the world and make a difference daily...difference between teachers and me...I don't complain.

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