Witt: not “being Douglas County” – but doing what they did.
Yesterday, the Columbine Courier reported that “The Jeffco school board will not extend the current agreement between the teachers union and Jeffco Public Schools.” In their article, School board won’t extend teachers’ contract (behind paywall), the Courier reported that the Board has turned down an offer by the JCEA to 2018 or 2019 while agreeing to open the entire contract to negotiations next year.
The Board had Amy Weber, the Director of Human Resources, read a statement that said, “Given new board members and a soon-to-be-hired superintendent, we think it is in the best interest of Jeffco … to maintain a contract expiration date of 2015“. When asked by JCEA Executive Director, Lisa Elliot, why, Weber responded, ““Because if there’s no … end date, then there’s no opportunity to navigate through a successful successor agreement (after the contract expires)”
Huh? In their offer, the JCEA had agreed to open the contract to renegotiations next year, which would give both sides the chance to successfully ‘navigate‘ a new contract.
This stance has sent chills down the spines of not only JCEA members, but also parents and concerned citizens who are aware of the machinations that went on down in Douglas County.
Witt told the Denver Post that WNW had no intention of “being Douglas County.” Maybe he meant that Jefferson County has more and different letters in its’ name. Because WNW’s behavior is right out of the Douglas County playbook.