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‘Movement made' in mediation between district, teachers' association

February 02, 2001|By KELLY RAUSCH, Staff Writer

Representatives from both sides reported positive results from Wednesday's mediation session between the El Centro Elementary School District and the El Centro Elementary Teachers' Association.

"We met all day and made progress on a number of issues and signed tentative agreements on some particular issues," said Woody Merrill, the district's lawyer, in a telephone interview Thursday.

Bruce Roberts, president of the ECETA, thinks Wednesday's session was a step toward resolving the 18-month contract dispute.

"There was some movement made," Roberts said.

"I'd prefer to think in terms of positive things at this point," Roberts said.

Merrill said a tentative agreement was reached on the issue of grievance procedure, but he declined to name other issues upon which tentative agreements were reached.

Though agreements weren't reached on every issue, it was "still a productive day," Merrill said, adding the sides are "moving toward agreement" on remaining issues.

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Merrill said he'll be getting in touch with ECETA representative Ken Parker of the California Teachers' Association to schedule another meeting within the next two weeks.

Staff Writer Kelly Rausch can be reached at 337-3442.

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