Teacher negotiations under way at MPS

MARSHALL – According to Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Klint Willert, the process of negotiating teacher contracts is actively under way.

On Thursday, a tentative negotiations agreement was approved and put into the hands of teacher representatives, who will then present the agreement to the teaching staff. The final day for them to vote on the agreement is Monday.

“We’ve got to go through three days of voting,” Willert said. “The teachers have to ratify the agreement and then that will go before the school board. So really, this was the first step in the process (Thursday).”

Willert noted that because of the teachers’ constitution and bylaws, a two-thirds majority is needed to pass.

“If two-thirds of the teachers vote yes to pass the agreement, then the board will take action on the agreement at the next board meeting.”

The board meets next at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25.

“It’s one step in a series of steps in the process,” Willert said. “That’s where we’re at.”

Willert said he didn’t anticipate anything that would stand in the way of completing the process at this point in time. He explained that Q Comp was still part of the district plan and that the agreement included a small cost of living increase. It also involved cleaning up some general language issues, he said.

“I don’t envision there will be any hang-ups through the process,” Willert said. “But we’ll have a better understanding after we hear back from the teachers on the 17th.”