Negotiations between the El Centro Elementary School District board and the El Centro Elementary Teachers Association will have one last shot before teachers decide whether to strike after almost two years of battling with the district board.
The ECESD board has asked state mediators to take failed negotiations with the ECETA to the next step — fact-finding.
Fact-finding is a process in which each of the two sides will elect a person, a representative of sorts, and those two representatives will then elect a third party, who is seen neutral in the dispute, and the three will set up a panel.
The panel of three will hear issues from both sides and after deliberations will come up with potential solutions.
The two parties last met Jan. 31 with state mediator Dave Hart in an attempt to reach an agreement, but the dispute was not settled. The board and the teachers' differences include salary and duties.