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Voice: E.C. elementary board needs to negotiate in earnest

April 27, 2001

As a former public administrator for the county of Imperial, I am accustomed to dealing with relations between employers and employees. I have been following the ongoing contract dispute between the El Centro Elementary Teachers' Association and their school board with interest and disbelief.

Needless to say, I am absolutely appalled at what I perceive to be a lack of bargaining in "good faith" by the school board and the superintendent, Dr. Klentschy. One of the most important things I learned as a boss was that my office ran much smoother when I had happy and satisfied employees, employees that I listened to and cared enough about to see that they worked under the least amount of stress possible. That certainly isn't happening in the schools of El Centro.

Do the school board members realize they will be living and working in Imperial County long after the current school superintendent has left? Don't they realize they were elected by the voters of El Centro and are answerable to them?

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One person should not have the amount of power Dr. Klentschy seems to wield. Why aren't the school board members talking and listening to the teachers parents and community of El Centro?

It is time to stop playing games and go back to the table to bargain in "good faith." Board members, I challenge you to take charge and be responsible for your own actions and not listen only to the words coming out of the superintendent's mouth. None of you (and neither is he) is in the classes teaching and being held accountable for what students learn. The teachers are and they should be paid more than lip service for the incredible job done so far to raise the test scores!

PHYLLIS ROBERTS

Boulevard

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