Grand Ledge teachers discuss new contract

Grand Ledge teachers at a meeting on February 8, 2016

GRAND LEDGE, MI (WLNS) – School drama has been an issue in Grand Ledge as teachers in the school district continue their fight for a new contract with the district’s board.

On Monday teachers spoke in front of the board with a common mission express how students are their number one priority.

The Grand Ledge teachers have been working without a contract for months now and say the board has not provided the opportunity to maintain their student-first commitment.

“We’ve got teachers teaching without aides, we’ve got teachers teaching without planning. And there is no excellence in teaching, when teachers don’t have time to do what they need to do inside of the classroom and outside of the classroom,” said Julie Alexander, president, Grand Ledge Teachers Association.

Meanwhile 6 News talked to an attorney for the board who says negotiations for more planning time depend on the district’s finances.

“Absolutely, we’ve been willing, you know from the beginning to talk about planning time as long as we can come up with a solution that is fiscally prudent. And the other side has been really good to work with. They understand that, and I think both side are trying to problem solve,” said Raymond David, attorney, Grand Ledge Public Schools.

Davis says the board hopes to have an official proposal from the teachers by next month.

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