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Voice: El Centro teachers' professionalism remains steady despite contract haggling

June 05, 2001

I would like to commend the El Centro Elementary School District teachers for their professionalism and dedication throughout this difficult negotiation period. We are fortunate to have such an outstanding group of teachers. Teachers have such a profound impact on our children's lives and despite the school district's apathy in contract talks, the teachers have continued to perfom their obligations with the same standard of excellence. This clearly shows where the heart and priorities are.

The school district, on the other hand, clearly does not have our children's best interests in mind when they use the "take it or leave it" negotiating techniques that have become their strategy.

It is time that the parents of school children in El Centro reminded the school board who is really in charge and forced them to resume FAIR contract negotitations

CHRIS J. CHRISTENSEN

El Centro

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