UPDATED: School Board Declares an Impasse on Contract Negotiations with Teachers, Staff

The negotiations will be turned over to a federal mediator.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with comments from the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Education Association.

The Brecksville-Broadview Heights Board of Education has declared an impasse in the contract negotiations with teachers and staff and will turn the negotiations over to a federal mediator, according to a press release from the board.

The contracts for the teachers and staff unions expire on June 30. According to the release, all July negotiations sessions have now been cancelled so that the mediator’s schedule can be accommodated. The full release can be found on the school board's Negotiation News website.

The negotiations have been the subject of much controversy in the past few months. The board decided early on to make , publishing the contract proposals from both sides, and to display their displeasure with the process.

In the release, Board President David Tryon said that the board is disappointed, but that they need to make progress toward a resolution.

Updated, 10 a.m.

Crisis chair Ben Lesh said the association is "extraordinarily disappointed" in the board's decision and that handing the negotiations over to a federal mediator has not happened while he has been with the district. Lesh added that mediators have been used to work out smaller sections of contracts.

This round of negotiations has been unpredictable since the start, beginning with the launch of the board's website. The association thought that could be a violation of the expectation to negotiate in good faith.

"They're making up the rules as they go along," Lesh said.

Lesh said he hopes the process will move along quickly now, and that he has faith in the negotiations process.

Editor's note: Lesh's statement on whether there has been use of a federal mediator in the recent past has been clarified.


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Michelle Williams July 18, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Nicole, I also noticed that Mr. Tryon kept bringing up how many changes the board vs. the BEA had made to the contract. I thought the same things you did!
True July 19, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Is lyn a stya at home mom with no refernce to reality? Is she a jantsen stooge? Is she Gregory Jantzen? is she Frank? Is Frank lyn. Has lyn ever had a rela job? Does lyn hdave any education? She is articaultate but does she ever leave home? Why does lyn hagte teachers? Why is Frank not have a wife? Is Franks a brecksviell or broadview hts. man? HoW mny kisa doeas Frank have? Why does frankd hatg teachers? Answers/ I need answers!!!!!!!!!1
lyn July 19, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Why not ask if Lyn is a guy or gal's name - as it could be either. But, how about actually short for something else, like Mike is for Michael, or like Tony is for Anthony. Maybe its short for Lyndon, or Evelyn, or Marilyn? True- your post should be deleted, just like all the others.
Ann July 19, 2012 at 03:08 AM
I asked Tryon about Prebles through email. This is what TRYON said, " Mr Prebles was deeply involved in preparing the Board proposal. He continues to be involved in the negotiation process. He is not at the "table" because that process is very time consuming and the district needs it's executive officer working on administrative matters and interacting with the teachers. Mr. Prebles agreed with this approach." I am not sure if it is true or not. I don't believe what Tryon and Dosen say. They are set on their agenda and have their hands over their ears while making condescending comments to all that speak. Their little smirks say it all along with their comments. Yes I agree that is ALL Tryon offered were numbers on the language corrections the union made. Like he doesn't have time to deal and read it. Guess what buddy you signed on for it, so get to it. This Board is a joke. Prebles has his hands tied and is no doubt wishing he never set foot in our community. It is a shame because he is a good man.
Donald August 08, 2012 at 10:32 AM
True we need Frank to re enter the conversation......whats life with out a whipping boy lol


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