Fairbanks school district labor unions request contract negotiations in meeting with school board

Published: Jan. 12, 2021 at 5:15 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -With schools slated to reopen this month, the Fairbanks School Board held an executive session on Monday, January 11, to discuss a renegotiation of contract safety articles with the Education Support Staff Association and the Fairbanks Education Association.

The associations have issued requests to reopen contract negotiations concerning staff safety in hazardous working conditions, as in-person education is planned to begin this month — while the district is within the operational red zone.

“Last night’s meeting was specifically to address a request from FEA and ESSA to possible reopen some part of their contract negotiations,” said Tim Doran, president of the FNSB school board.

Doran was asked for comment on whether or not the outcome of the Associations’ requests could impact the board’s current schedule for reopening schools. Doran said he is unable to speak of the events of the executive session at this time, but the boards current plans for reopening schools has not changed.

“We are planning for the schedule of elementary starting on the 19th, adding in the in-person component as an option for parents. So the elementary will start on the 19th, middle school on the 25th, and high school on February 1st,” said Doran.

Upon the reopening of in-person education, the board will be changing it’s meeting policies as well.

“The board is planning to meet in person, that’s the expectation. There may still be some Zoom participation for presentations. There’ll be procedures for the public, so again we don’t wanna just open up the doors and pack the place, we still wanna follow as best we can CDC guidelines, but we will be meeting in person. That’s the plan going forward,” said Doran.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday January 19, it will be held in person with online interaction via zoom and phone calls are still available to the public.

More coverage of the school board will be conducted as this situation continues to unfold.

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