LB - Superior Propane

Home | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Obituaries | Contact Us | Subscribe | e-newsletter | RSS | GrandCanyonTourGuide.com
Williams News | Williams, Arizona

home : latest news : local May 31, 2016


12/4/2012 2:28:00 PM
Teachers press Williams School District officials for more input
Williams Education Association representatives want school board to adopt a meet and confer committee as district policy
Marissa Freireich
Reporter

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Williams teachers want to be heard.

Ann Wells, vice president of the Williams Education Association (WEA), urged the Williams Unified School District (WUSD) Governing Board to adopt a meet and confer policy in a presentation at the Nov. 28 special meeting.

The policy would foster open communication between teachers and the administration.

"What meet and confer does is we work with the administration to develop joint recommendations in policies, salaries, compensation, benefits and budgeting for the board's consideration," Wells said.

Under the proposed policy, the superintendent, principal and WEA members would make up the meet and confer committee. Additional members could be added during the budgeting process. Members would meet at least 4 times per year.

Wells presented the board with a petition with 54 signatures from teachers and staff members who support the adoption of a meet and confer policy.

"We're basically here tonight because the administration has not recognized us and is refusing to meet with us," Wells said, adding that communication was never an issue in past years.

After the meeting, Melissa Ellico, WUSD business manager, responded by saying the administration meets with the WEA president, the leadership team, department chairs and individual employees.

Wells said about four or five years ago, the committee asked the board to adopt an agreement, but after reviewing it with their attorney the board decided not to adopt it.

"We're merely asking for the opportunity to continue a positive framework for communication," Wells said.

Board members are unsure of whether there ever was a formal meet and confer policy in place.

Rachel Savage, WUSD superintendent, said she does want to collaborate and she appreciates the efforts of the WEA. However she said like everything she does as superintendent, she wants to follow the correct procedures.

"I look at policy and I want to make sure I'm doing it right so I don't make a mistake," she said.

Since there is no policy in place, Savage wants to discuss the meet and confer policy at WUSD's comprehensive policy review with the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA). The review will possibly take place in February.

"What I was hoping was that we waited until then so I could get a better understanding and get some guidance from ASBA as to how would be the best way to move forward and what are other districts doing policy wise," she said.

During the meeting, board member Herman Nixon said the board was engaging in too much discussion for a presentation.

"We're supposed to have a presentation and this is getting into a conversation," he said. "I would suggest let's put it on the agenda to talk about."

Board member David Nenne said that will allow the board to consider the proposed policy.

"In the meantime I would just encourage the entire administration to openly communicate with staff at any level and every level as much as possible," he said.




    Recently Commented     Most Viewed
Editorial: Commenting to move to Facebook
New maintenance coordinator at Williams Airport
Williams School Board Candidates face off in candidate forum
Hunters shoot prairie dogs at Williams Elementary-Middle School
Composer Ted Nichols, known for his Scooby Doo and Flintstones scores, continues his varied musical career from his home in Williams




Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. The email and phone info you provide will not be visible to the public.Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to 1300 characters or less. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit your comment entries to five(5) per day.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Williams, AZ
Click for weather forecast






Find It Features Blogs Milestones Submit Extras Other Publications
Home | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Obituaries | Contact Us | Subscribe | e-newsletter | RSS | Site Map
LB - Superior Propane

© Copyright 2016 Western News&Info, Inc.® Williams-Grand Canyon News is the information source for Williams, Arizona and surrounding communities. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Williams GC Newspapers Inc. Williams News Online is a service of Williams GC Newspapers Inc. By using the Site, williamsnews.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the site's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Williams News Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved