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Tentative contract reached in Marietta schools

The Marietta Education Association and Marietta City Schools Board of Education have reached an agreement on a tentative contract.

The agreement was announced late Tuesday night following a meeting to continue negotiations with assistance from a federal mediator. The previous contract expired June 30, 2020.

The association is “proud to say that our union bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with the board,” association spokesperson Lisa Polk said.

“We’ve bargained in good faith for several months, often under very challenging circumstances,” Polk said. “We believe though, that the result is an agreement that respects and values all our members, and benefits our students and the community. With this agreement, teachers will be on more equal footing with professionals in neighboring districts, which will help our schools retain and retract the highly qualified professionals our students deserve.”

The association represents 158 certified teaching employees. Members of the association may vote on the agreement on Thursday.

“It’s been a long process, but it’s been a very good process,” Superintendent Will Hampton said.

The next steps are ratification of the agreement and approval by the school board, Hampton said.

“All along the way we’ve tried to help our staff and treat them as well as we can. We want to get our staff on equal ground with the rest of the area,” Hampton said. Yes, “I’m very pleased to have that moving forward and nearly complete.”

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