After nearly 27 hours straight at the negotiating table, the Eagle Point Education Association (EPEA) and the Eagle Point School District have ended bargaining for today and are scheduled to resume bargaining Thursday, May 10, 2012. The state mediator set the meeting time for 10:00 a.m., however, the district has said that they are unavailable until 11:00 a.m.
“We are extremely disappointed that the district has chosen to close schools this week rather than meet us half way and settle the contract,” said Dave Carrell, president of the Eagle Point Education Association. “Eagle Point educators just want to get back to work and get back to our students.”
Instead, members of the Eagle Point Education Association will be on the picket line again until the contract is settled.
EPEA proposed creative compromises on the three remaining issues. The district, however, continues to dig in its heels. They want the ability to unilaterally reduce opportunities for kids and slash time teachers need to provide a quality education to their students. The district also wants to balance the budget on the backs of those in the Eagle Point community who can least afford it – their part time employees.