Impasse, Key Vote May Lead to Strike
With all of the budget discussions that are swirling around City Hall, it’s easy to overlook another vital organization within San Carlos that is struggling to stitch together its own budget deficit: The San Carlos School District. As was reported on this site back in February, the District and the San Carlos Teacher’s Association (SCTA) reached an impasse in negotiations over a new contract for the upcoming fiscal year.
According to this article in the Daily Journal, the School District must vote before July 1 to retain its right to cut salaries for teachers and school employees in the upcoming year, a move the District feels is necessary to balance the budget. If this vote happens, and discussions remain at an impasse, a strike by San Carlos teachers could be declared as soon as 3 weeks. From a timing standpoint, according to the article, the strike would likely not take effect until the first day of school in August.
Critical Board Meeting
The above mentioned vote, as well as further discussions about the contract negotiations will likely be tabled in tonight’s (June 24) board meeting, which will be held at 7:30 PM at the Central Middle School Library (828 Chestnut Street.) This meeting is open to the public. With all of the anxiety that parents normally face with the first week of school, the specter of a teacher’s strike on the first day certainly will certainly make for a nervous summer.
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