The tone of this year's welcome back event for El Centro Elementary School District's teachers and administrators was significantly different from last year's, when teacher contract negotiations had emotions running high.
At Wednesday morning's event at Kennedy Middle School, speakers accentuated the positive things happening in the district, including this spring's contract agreement.
Board of Trustees Vice President Janie Marlborough touched on the issue as she spoke to teachers about the upcoming year.
"It may appear to some that we are opposing forces," Marlborough said, adding that both teachers and board members went through a lot during the contract dispute.
Marlborough, like other speakers Wednesday, was optimistic about the future.
"I envision the accomplishments we can achieve together," she said.
The event, hosted by the El Centro Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, offered teachers a chance to reconvene as a district and focus attention on the year ahead.