Westlake teachers still in limbo after school board meeting - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Westlake teachers still in limbo after school board meeting

Westlake teachers are still in limbo when it comes to their contracts. (Source: WOIO) Westlake teachers are still in limbo when it comes to their contracts. (Source: WOIO)
The Westlake Board of Education can come back to the table with the union at anytime. (Source: WOIO) The Westlake Board of Education can come back to the table with the union at anytime. (Source: WOIO)
WESTLAKE, OH (WOIO) -

The end of the school year is drawing closer for Westlake City Schools, and teachers and parents still do not have an answer on teacher contracts.

Right now teachers are in limbo as they wait for a decision from the board of education.

Westlake Teachers Association says the door is still open to come to an agreement.

They say no decision is actually a good thing for teachers and students.

Several teachers, students and parents spoke at the board meeting Monday night.

After about two hours of meeting, the board went into executive session.

At that time the audience was told no action would be taken regarding teacher contracts.

The main issue with the contract is pay raises. Westlake teachers say they've taken several concessions over the years.

The Westlake Teachers Association wants the school board to sign a pledge, saying they won’t implement the last contract offer. If they do that, the union says they won't go on strike.

Since no decision was made, that means negotiation is possible in the future, which would avoid a strike.

“By them not making a decision, that keeps us in the classroom that many days longer, it keeps our students with our teachers for that many days longer. We hope that the board comes back to the table either now or over the summer, but the door’s still open for negotiations and that is our ultimate goal, to come back to the table with the board,” said Loretta Tindall, teacher and spokesperson for the Westlake Teachers Association.

Class will continue as scheduled for students for now. Westlake City Schools are out for summer in just two and a half weeks.

The board can come back at any time and negotiate with the union, even through the summer.

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