Board of Education and Union work to improve relations

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The Juneau Board of Education and the Juneau Education Association got together in an informal way recently to talk over issues of concern.

    The issues included discipline of employees, helping make schools safer, and improvement of relations.

    Board President Brian Holst says it is always possible to improve relations with the union, "Absolutely.  It is in everybody's best interest that we collaborate as effectively as possible.  I think we have a long productive history between all the unions and the administration of working together.  There are always issues.  A meeting like this is an opportunity to learn what the issues are so we can continue to address them."

    Union President Laura Mulgrew said her goal is to have both sides work together to improve education, "I think Juneau teachers and support staff that work in our buildings and our administrators all put students first.  We need to continue to think what is best for children, no matter what the struggles are behind the scenes."

    Mulgrew asked the board to provide more time for teachers to prepare their classroom at the beginning of the school year.  She was asked her opinion of the state of the current relationship. "There has been a shift in past practice versus letter of the law and the relationship has changed a little bit.  We want to figure out a way to compromise to make things better for children.  There is always room for improvement no matter where you are in education."

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