Stoughton Teachers Association took a different approach to the
contract negotiations at the Nov. 26 school committee meeting, but the
additions to submitting a petition for the school committee to agree to
the contract demands, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, 14 teachers read
reasons why they are thankful for being a teacher in Stoughton.
Ingrao, a teacher at the high school, told the school committee about the responses they received.
the things the teachers were thankful ranged from their students, being
able to help them inside and outside the classroom, their fellow
teachers and support staff at the schools, being about to teach in the
school they attended, and being able to help students get scholarships to college.
the contract negotiation front, both sides say no progress is being
made on resolving the issue. They have a formal contract session
scheduled for Dec. 11.
Stoughton school superintendent Marguerite Rizzi
traveled to New Orleans at the end of the week for a conference about
to Stoughton Teachers Association president Andrea Pires, the lack of
progress is leading to frustration and talk of going on strike if the
contract isn't resolved. There is a no-strike provision in the
"It's been done," said Pires of striking, despite the no-strike provision.
Rizzi said school chairwoman Joyce Husseini had offered to meet with the teachers' association "numerous" times.
"(A strike) is not usually the first response," said Rizzi.