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Tentative agreement reached by El Centro teachers, district

June 07, 2001|By LAURA MACKENZIE, Staff Writer

After 21 hours of negotiations, the El Centro Elementary Teachers' Association and the El Centro Elementary School District reached a tentative agreement in contract negotiations at 6 this morning.

"Both parties have agreed not to publicly disclose the details of that agreement until we have the opportunity to meet with our respective units to review it with them," said district Superintendent Michael Klentschy.

Bruce Roberts, president of the ECETA, said members will meet Monday afternoon to vote to ratify the agreement.

"We hope to have the information into the teachers' hands by Monday morning," said Roberts.

He anticipated the association will ratify the agreement.

"I feel comfortable and confident that it will probably happen," he said.

"Having gone this long, and people have been looking forward to this, I think they almost can't believe it's finally happening," said Roberts.

Roberts added the tentative agreement is for contracts for last year, this year and next year.


"The board is prepared to ratify the tentative agreement at a special board meeting, which will be held next week," Klentschy said.

"Both parties feel this is a fair settlement. Both parties have compromised in many areas," he added.

Said Roberts: "A lot of ground was covered last night."

He said, "Our intention is to try to get this thing squared away and to resolve it before the next fact-finding, and I think it will."

Klentschy said "now we can focus on our primary focus, which is to educate our children."

He added, "There are important lessons to be learned out of this process. We need to get back to the business of educating our children and working together."

Calling it a time to "move forward," Klentschy said: "It shows what can be done if both sides are willing to meet and compromise, and both sides did compromise."

Staff Writer Laura MacKenzie can be reached at 337-3442.

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