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244 negotiations hit stalemate; teachers work off last year’s district contracts

Mediator Darrell Clark (Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services) talks to the Mountain View School District 244 bargaining parties Aug. 16 in the district office in Grangeville.

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Mediator Darrell Clark (Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services) talks to the Mountain View School District 244 bargaining parties Aug. 16 in the district office in Grangeville.



— Following an impasse at the bargaining table, Mountain View School District 244 teachers are working off last year’s contracts as of the start of school yesterday, Tuesday, April 21.

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services mediator Darrell Clark met with the district’s bargaining team, school board members, superintendent and lawyer Thursday, Aug. 16.

“Don’t be surprised if I ask you challenging questions,” Clark told the group at the beginning of the day. “Rest assured, I will be challenging both groups.”

Clark sat on a table and spelled out his duties as a mediator as all but one of the bargaining team members wore matching “Support Education” T-shirts.

Clark is from the Portland, Ore., field office. A federal employee profile (federalpay.org) listed Clark as a GS-14 employee in 20017 with a base salary of $128,979.

“We’re looking for some middle ground,” he said last week, adding he is not a witness for either side and the “outcome of this sits with the parties.”

The groups went into executive session where each spoke with Clark. By the end of the day, an agreement was not reached. Another meeting with Clark has been set for Oct. 2.

The parties have met several times through a board-appointed attorney during the past four months. Part of the area of conflict is in the salary and step schedule.



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