April 25, 2017

Teachers urge board to resolve contract dispute

Jan. 20, 2011

Teachers from Champlain Valley Union High School gathered at Monday night’s School Board meeting to express frustration with the unresolved teacher contract negotiations.

Approximately 25 teachers stood quietly as French teacher Polly Vanderputten read a prepared statement. The CVU teachers are members of the Chittenden South Education Association, which also includes educators in the Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne and Williston school districts. Teachers have read similar statements this month during other school board meetings in Chittenden South Supervisory Union districts.

“The teachers of the Champlain Valley Union High School are here this evening to express our disappointment in the failure of the School Board in Chittenden South Supervisory Union to reach an agreement with the teachers,” Vanderputten said while reading from the statement.

Williston resident Adam Weiss, a science teacher at Essex High School, also spoke in support of the CVU teachers.

“As a parent, I’m very concerned about the morale of the teachers who’ve worked for so long without a contract,” Weiss told the board.

Negotiations between the education association and supervisory union have stretched over 15 months, with the teachers’ contract expiring in July 2010.

The CSSU negotiating team and the teacher negotiators were scheduled to meet again on Jan. 20.

— Tim Simard, Observer staff


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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