You Said It: School Board president speaks out on teachers' rejection of contract

You Said It: School Board president speaks out on teachers' rejection of contract

Margie Sherratt

Dear Members of the Alameda Community:

Last Friday, the AUSD teachers rejected a contract that was tentatively agreed upon during intense negotiations with the District representatives and their own Union representatives. As President of the Board of Education, I am personally disappointed that this agreement was not ratified by AUSD teachers.

I assure you, that as a Board of Education, we are committed to you as voters, to our employees and especially to the children of Alameda. Each school in our community has amazing instructional programs and initiatives that serve all of our children and ones that also target individual student needs.

However, the state of the State of California’s finances also continues to be a huge issue for all school Districts. In Alameda County alone, Districts are laying off scores of teachers, cutting valuable programs and increasing class size. Because of your support and passage of Measure A last year, Alameda did not have to make cuts in programs and personnel, close schools or raise class size. But the financial picture in California continues to change, and we anxiously await the State’s May revise budget, and the outcome of the proposed tax initiatives in November. Both major decisions will determine how the District will budget monies for the next few years.

As a Board of Education, we will move forward positively and respectfully in negotiations to fact finding with our teachers, always keeping the goal of reaching a mutual agreement in mind.

Sincerely,

Margie Sherratt
President, Board of Education