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Teacher/BOE impasse discussed, negotiator says

March 07, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

The Washington County Board of Education's chief negotiator said Tuesday that there had been some discussion about possibly declaring an impasse in its contract negotiations with the county's teachers union.

Tim Thornburg, employee and labor relations coordinator for the board and its chief negotiator, said during a bargaining session with the teachers association Monday that he would be recommending that the board declare an impasse. An impasse means that the sides are deadlocked in their talks.

He said that while there had been a discussion, there was nothing that could be shared publicly.

If an impasse is declared by the state superintendent, additional state officials might become involved or a mediator can be hired.

Contract negotiations for the 2007-08 school year have been ongoing since December.

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