Pleasant Plains Teachers Demand Higher Pay


92 teachers..

"We're working without a contract at this point.

Determined to get a raise..

"We have been bargaining since April."

Pleasant Plains teachers formed a sea of red, Wednesday evening.  Supporting their union leaders as they met with the school board.  The hope is to reach a compromise about the teachers' contracts.

"We're negotiating with the team for a raise, said Lisa Walters, co-president of the Pleasant Plains Education Association.  "But, at this point it's not just about the money.  It's about keeping benefits that we currently have and supplying the best that we can for our educators so that we can supply the best education possible for our students."

The Superintendent, Matt Runger, says the district is in solid financial shape, but is dealing with many expensive projects.

"Restructuring our high school," said Runger.  "We've got a building project going on at the high school.  We've got an HV-AC project out for bid at the elementary.  So we've got a lot of expenses, building wise, going on right now."

The Board of Education and the Pleasant Plains Education Association have called in a mediator to help them come to an agreement.  The meeting, Wednesday night, began at 5:30 pm.  At 11pm, it was still going on.

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