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Negotiations stall at Indian Creek

Updated: Thursday, January 9 2014, 03:50 AM EST

Jefferson County, OH --

Negotiations regarding a collective bargaining agreement between the Indian Creek Board of Education and the district's education association have stalled and on Wednesday night we learned more about what happens next.


The board of education met for an organizational and regular meeting on Wednesday evening and during the regular meeting they went into executive session.


When they came out it was announced that they had adopted a resolution effectively ending the negotiations.


That resolution calls for the unilateral implementation of the board's last, best, and final offer by January 17th.


The old agreement expired on August 31st and in the time since, the board reached three tentative agreements with the Indian Creek Education Association's negotiating teams.


The first tentative agreement reached on September 5th, was rejected by ICEA membership on September 18th


The second tentative agreement reached on November 6th, was rejected by ICEA membership on November 19th


The third tentative agreement reached on November 25th, the last offer, was rejected by ICEA membership on December 19th


Board members say there is nothing left to negotiate and they pointed out the major sticking points.


They salary, online teaching, medical plans, and evaluations are all included.


Shortly after the decision we received a press release from district superintendent John Rocchi which read in part:


“The board feels that it is left with no alternative but to proceed with the implementation of its last, best, and final offer in order to bring the negotiations process to a conclusion. The board has offered a proposal that is fair to the staff, fair to the district's residents, and fair to students."


We also reached out to ICEA President Jonathan Hoover to see what the next plan of action is for the teaching staff. Our calls have not been returned.

Negotiations stall at Indian Creek

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