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Fact-finder's report could end stalemate between Waynesboro Area School Board, teachers

Both sides said they are reviewing the document and preparing to vote on it

May 03, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A recent fact-finder’s report could spell the end of more than two years of stalled contract negotiations between a Franklin County school board and its teachers union.

The Waynesboro Area School Board and the union have received copies of a fact-finder’s report concerning their ongoing contract dispute.

Both sides said they are reviewing the document and preparing to vote on it. If approved, the findings could serve as the framework for a new contract.

A first round of fact-finding done in late 2010 failed to result in a contract. The teachers’ last contract expired June 30, 2010, and both sides have been trying to hammer out an agreement ever since.

Neither side would release details of the new fact-finding report until after a vote.

The Waynesboro Area Education Association, which represents 278 teachers, called for the fact-finding.

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board has assigned fact-finder Alex A. Kaschock.

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Although Waynesboro Area Education Association’s members will not vote on the report until next week, its leadership indicated the suggestions may be accepted.

“We believe that the results of the report will provide a fair compromise for everyone,” Mike Engle, president of the Waynesboro Area Education Association, said in a news release.

“In order to resolve 29 months of negotiations, we ask parents and members of the public to call school board members and encourage them to accept the report,” he said.

Kaschock met twice with representatives of the teachers’ union and school board.

Engle said he wants the negotiations impasse to be resolved before the 700th day the teachers have been working without a contract.

The school board will likely discuss the fact-finding report in a closed-door session Tuesday, board member Chris Lind said.

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