After long hours spent negotiating over the holiday weekend, Monroe School District (MSD) and Monroe Education Association (MEA) reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for teachers, counselors and other educational professionals in the district.
Schools are expected to begin on Wednesday, September 5 as scheduled.
“I am grateful to the bargaining teams for working very hard together over the holiday weekend to come to an agreement,” said MSD Superintendent Fredrika Smith. “And, I especially want to thank our teachers and staff, parents and community members for their patience and understanding as we worked through this difficult process.”
“Monroe School District is fortunate to have such a passionate and dedicated workforce preparing our students for their futures. We look forward to beginning the school year and continuing to serve our 6,500+ students and their families.”
Details of the tentative agreement will be released after MEA ratification. School calendar adjustments also will be forthcoming.
Monroe School District (MSD) and Monroe Education Association (MEA) bargaining teams continued to negotiate over the holiday weekend and have yet to come to a tentative agreement.
Negotiation meetings will continue Tuesday, September 4. MEA has not formally declared a work stoppage/strike and therefore, sixth and ninth grade orientation will be occurring on September 4 as scheduled. Additionally, the first day of school is still set for Wednesday, September 5.
In the event of a strike, there is the potential for delays to the start of school. If this happens, we will immediately notify families via district communication channels (email, text, robocall, district website). We will also notify families if there are any changes to back to school events, athletics and extracurricular activities.
Bargaining teams met for 12 hours on Sunday, September 2 and resumed negotiations Monday, September 3.
Monroe School District and Monroe Education Association bargaining teams have mutually agreed to bring in a mediator from the Public Employee Relations Commission (PERC) to participate in negotiation meetings moving forward. The bargaining teams will be meeting with the PERC mediator on Sunday to continue negotiations with the goal of coming to an agreement prior to the start of school.
We understand that the current situation may cause uncertainty for families and staff, and we want to assure you that every effort is being made to come to an agreement. We will continue to communicate with you as soon as additional information becomes available.