Statement Regarding Contract Negotiations

September 18, 2019

Joint statement from the Ashland City Schools Board President, Dr. James Wolfe, and Superintendent, Doug Marrah, Ed.D., regarding contract negotiations with ACTA

This release is meant to inform the public, and to put them at ease with the fact that the school board is doing the best that they can for the public interest.

As you know, the Ashland City Schools Board of Education and the Teachers Association have been negotiating a new contract.  As in any business, this can be a difficult process.  It can also be confusing, especially when the specifics of negotiations cannot be revealed in public.  The good news is that our district continues to operate at full service, providing excellence in education to all.  We thank everyone for their patience, and their diligence as we work together to move forward.

We do feel it is important to let you know what has transpired over these past weeks, and where we stand today.  In today's modern world, too often speculation, rumor and innuendo spread rapidly.  We know this can be confusing, disheartening, and sometimes troubling.  With this press release, we hope to communicate what has been accomplished, and where we stand as a district.

On September 4, 2019, the Ashland City School District and the Ashland City Teachers Association met in mediation to see if they could overcome impasse, and reach agreement regarding the outstanding issues related to contract negotiations.  After many long hours, during which the Board listened and worked diligently, the Board offered its last best offer and parties reached a tentative agreement.  The tentative agreement was signed by representatives of both the Board and ACTA.  On Sunday, September 9, 2019, ACTA members voted to reject the tentative agreement.  No explanation or specific concerns were shared with the Board.  

As a result of ACTA’s decision to reject the tentative agreement, the parties will continue to operate under an expired collective bargaining agreement.  The existing collective bargaining agreement expired on June 30, 2019.  The Board maintains that the last best offer took into consideration the concerns raised by ACTA bargaining team members, as well as the expectations of the Ashland community that the Board operate in an fiscally prudent manner.  The Board remains committed to the last best offer presented on September 4, 2019. 

Our district remains committed to serving our children, our most precious resource.
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