At the most recent board meeting of the El Centro Elementary School District, I presented the trustees with 937 signatures in support of a fair deal for teachers, who have been working without a contract for nearly two years now.
Those signatures represent a true cross-section of the community, people who care about teachers, not only as professionals but also as people. And I might as well have been reading them aloud to the wall.
I want to thank the people of El Centro, on behalf of the 309 members of the El Centro Elementary Teachers Association, for the unstinting support they have shown in our cause of securing a fair and reasonable contract.
I was reminded again of that support during the same meeting, April 10, when several speakers rose to address the board and urged a speedy resolution of the dispute, including George McFaddin, who said it was clear "the teachers had the support of the community."