The School Board's Negotiating team and the NFT met earlier this week to further contract negotiations. Although no significant progress was made, both sides agreed to meet again in the near future.
The Board has asked for a state-appointed Fact Finder to review the negotiations with the Support Worker's union (NESPA). There are two meetings scheduled with the Fact Finder in February, and the Board anticipates the Fact Finder's assessment will be rendered in late March.
While negotiations with NESPA are ongoing, the Board continues to consider outsourcing options for some of the support functions. In response to concerns that the cost benefits of outsourcing will only last for three years, the Board has asked for and received an amended bid for Custodial services to cover five years, the savings of which is now projected to be $14.4 million. The bidding results for Transportation services have also been received, and the best bid came from First Student with a proposal to save the District $16 million over five years.
For more details on this update, go to the Board's Negotiation website. Also, here is an article in today's Courier Times regarding these developments.