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Troy teachers start school year without contract

Last updated: August 20. 2014 6:10PM - 352 Views
By Melanie Yingst



Anthony Weber | Troy Daily NewsHook Elementary School safety patrol, made up three teams of five, including fifth-grade student Kristefer Williams, helps to secure an intersection in Westbrook as students arrive during the first day of a new school year Wednesday in Troy.
Anthony Weber | Troy Daily NewsHook Elementary School safety patrol, made up three teams of five, including fifth-grade student Kristefer Williams, helps to secure an intersection in Westbrook as students arrive during the first day of a new school year Wednesday in Troy.
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Melanie Yingst


myingst@civitasmedia.com


TROY — Thousands of Troy City School children filed in to their classrooms to kick off another school year — despite their teachers working without a contract — on Wednesday.


Troy City Schools’ teachers started the first day of school without a contract, which expired July 31.


Troy City Education Association president and gifted educator Leigh Ann Fish said the union was to again meet with administrators and a mediator on Wednesday evening.


“We’re still in negotiations,” Fish said, without further comment.


Fish did not share what area of the contract the union and Troy City Schools were disputing. She said Wednesday would be the second meeting with the mediator.


Troy City Schools’ Superintendent Eric Herman said negotiations were ongoing and said he would not elaborate on what area the union and administrators were disputing as well.


Herman said the district had “a smooth” day in regards to its new drop off routines at the junior high and Heywood Elementary. Herman also said no major issues were reported around the district.


“Everything went fairly smooth today, which is good,” Herman said Wednesday.


Employees of Troy City Schools negotiated a district-wide wage freeze in 2012. The wage freeze projected to save the district $6.4 million. The TCEA amended its contract on March 29, 2011.


Melanie Yingst can be reached at myingst@civitasmedia.com or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews


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