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No progress made in Poland teacher contract talks

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Teachers in the Poland Schools continue working without a contract and leaders say teacher morale is at an all-time low.

The last meeting with the school board ended without scheduling a new session due to a lack of movement.

Teachers described the last proposal from the board as concessionary and punitive. 

Union spokesman Mark Brungard said the Poland Education Association members have not asked for anything beyond the district's financial means.

"Our teachers understand the fiscal responsibility of our district and we believed a fair contract can be signed with those financial responsibilities intact, Brungard said. "Our goal is not to cause a financial burden to our district and community, but to receive a fair contract that the teachers have earned."

Bargaining is being conducted with federal mediation.

"There is an atmosphere that has created an all-time low in teacher morale," said President of the PEA Susan Holub. "We urge our community to contact the board members and insist that their negotiations be brought to a mutually acceptable agreement."

PEA spokeswoman Nichole Blaze added, "While the teachers appreciate Superintendent Janofa's statement to The Vindicator Saturday, that he thought 'teachers were very important,' it is in contrast to the proposal to the PEA, which is concessionary and members feel is punitive. So that is a disconnect for the staff. All we are asking for is a fair and equitable contract."

According to a school spokesperson, the superintendent did state that he also wants to make sure that the teachers have a fair an equitable contract.

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