It is hard to find better news in the Imperial Valley than the settlement last week of the long-running contract dispute between the El Centro Elementary School District school board and the district's teachers.
A strike had loomed and many involved thought it was a serious prospect. That one of the Valley's biggest and best school districts could be taken down by a work stoppage was a scary proposition for many in the community. Both sides claimed the other side wanted a strike. We are convinced neither side really did.
Despite the turmoil, if people act the way they should, the ECESD should remain one of the Valley's best school districts. It's consistently improving standardized test scores are only one indicator of all the good things that have gone on in the district in recent years, despite the contract strife.
There is much good in the ECESD. It has a talented, dedicated group of teachers, it has innovative administrators and it has a school board with some bright, community-minded people. This was a long and bitter contract dispute, however, and both teams played hard ball, if not bean ball, at times. People did get wounded. Some of those wounds will take time to heal, but they won't get better if they are regularly reopened, even by the tiniest cuts.