That Calexico Unified School District classified and certificated employees have reached a tentative contract agreement with the school district demonstrates what can and should happen in contract talks.
Those involved in negotiations showed a willingness to work toward a compromise, one that gives school employees good raises that the school district can afford.
The Calexico school employees contract issue had the potential to explode into the type of debacle that has been ongoing for much too long in the El Centro Elementary School District. Instead, negotiators in Calexico didn't allow the situation to get out of hand and because of that the students in the district will benefit.
That is an important point. Students in Calexico will not lose because of a labor dispute. Students will reap the benefits of a district in which teachers, staffers and district officials have found a way to work out whatever differences they may have had. A district in which everyone is working together becomes a stronger district that can better meet the needs of students.