Contract negotiations resumed Thursday at noon and lasted until this evening between Tacoma Education Association and Tacoma Public School District.
During tonights school board meeting, Board President Kurt Miller read a statement regarding the status of contract negotiotiations.
The statement reads in part:
"We greatly respect and appreciate our teachers. We are charged with our role – as a School Board – to provide the best possible education for all children in this community. We understand that we can best achieve that mission by selecting, retaining and supporting the best staff possible."
"The right way to do that is to have a fair and equitable labor agreement that balances the interests and needs of our students, staff, and community. Obviously, collective bargaining can be very challenging to reach agreement, especially when the process is impacted by change and extraordinarily difficult economic times. Yet we believe in and support this process."
Read the full statement here.