- Associated Press - Sunday, August 16, 2015

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) - An arbitrator is recommending another vote on a teachers’ contract for the Thompson School District after the Thompson Education Association filed grievances accusing the district of failing to negotiate in good faith after the Board of Education refused to ratify the agreement.

Representatives from the teachers’ union asked the arbitrator to recommend the board be required to ratify the contract, but the district argued that the arbitrator did not have the authority to do so and said it was up to the school board to make the decision.

Arbitrator John Criswell said the board needs to restrict any objections to issues that were negotiated and not bring up new issues, according to the Loveland Reporter-Herald (https://tinyurl.com/qhfjemw).

School district Superintendent Stan Scheer said district staff members have avoided conversations about negotiations with board members so they don’t violate the Colorado voter-approved Proposition 104, which requires discussions for negotiations to be open to the public.

He said he respected the board members and wanted them to have the opportunity to discuss their findings and make a determination.



The board plans to meet again on Wednesday to discuss the issues.

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Information from: Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald, https://www.reporterherald.com/

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