UPDATED: Superintendent on Lack of Teacher Contract: 'I Know There is Frustration'
As teachers have been wearing red shirts to publicly state they are without a contract, Framingham Superintendent of Schools addressed the lack of a contract and talked about negotiations at Tuesday night's School Committee meeting.
UPDATED at 10 a.m.- Added quotes from the Teachers Association President
Framingham teachers, on certain days, have been wearing red shirts as a sign of solidarity while teaching.
Currently, the Framingham Public Schools teachers are working without a contract. The current one-year contract expired in August.
Negotiations began earlier this year with the School Committee and then Superintendent of Schools Steven Hiersche.
In the past two weeks, emails have been circulating among parents about the contract. One email encourages parents to attend a December meeting in support of the teachers.
Tuesday night at the School Committee meeting, Superintendent of Schools Stacy Scott talked about the negotiations.
"We continue to move forward," said Scott. "It is a difficult process. I know there is frustration."
Scott said "both sides are working eagerly to find common language and solutions."
The superintendent, who started this summer, said he "appreciates the patience."
Scott said he wants to keep morale up. He said he knows teachers are working hard in the classrooms and in the schools.
He said he remains "hopeful."
Scott said Tuesday night perhaps a final resolution could come about in December.
"The cuts over the past few years in FPS, along with new requirements from the district, state and federal government, are making it more and more difficult to spend the amount of time necessary to educate each student of Framingham," said Framingham teachers Association President Sam Miskin.
"The Association is working hard to find a balance between the need for a COLA along with the need to help staff with the time/resources to accomplish the everyday requirements in the 21st century classroom," said Miskin.
"I hope that the School Committee will recognize and acknowledge that the staff of FPS has gone with less and less for the past few years and are still working very hard on making Framingham the best district in the state. Recognition of the past sacrifices and the acknowledgment of the additional burden on staff is crucial at this time," said Miskin Wednesday morning.