Westlake teachers and board of education reach agreement

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WESTLAKE – Westlake teachers and the Board of Education have reached a tentative agreement.

Last month, the Westlake teachers voted to strike. The strike would have taken effect on August 18, which is the first day of school.

According to a release, the agreement would be for a three-year contract.

“We all recognized the importance of educating our students, and ultimately, that sentiment prevailed and a settlement was reached. Now the District can move forward together, and return its exclusive focus back to educating our students at the highest levels of excellence,” said Carol Winter, Board of Education President.

“The WTA is appreciative of the Board’s efforts to rebuild the collaborative environment that has defined Westlake for the past two decades and look forward to working together to educate for excellence,” said Patrick McMorrow, Westlake Teacher’s Association President.

More details about the agreement will be released later on.

The Westlake School Board voted to implement its best and final contract offer last month.

In June, board members voted 4 to 1 to implement the contract during a heated and emotional meeting held at the high school. Hundreds of teachers, parents and students packed the auditorium, nearly all of them strongly urging the school board not to put the contract into effect.

Both sides were working to iron out a deal for more than a year. School board members said their offer included salary increases and modest changes in healthcare.

Last month, the Westlake Teachers’ union overwhelmingly rejected the board’s offer and submitted a counter proposal that they say is fair. But board members said the union’s proposal exceeds the amount of spending they have projected by 28%.

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