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?