Contentious School Board Meeting Ends Early As Strike Looms

Teachers To Walk On September 10th Without New Deal

Mitch Kelly
August 23, 2019 - 6:10 am

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - Teachers in Clark County say Friday is the deadline to avoid a walkout.  

More than 12-hundred teachers and supporters packed the district's board of trustees meeting Thursday night, demanding better pay and benefits.  Discussions got so heated trustees abruptly ended the meeting and were escorted out by police.  

Afterward, Clark County School District Superintendent Doctor Jesus Jara issued a statement asking for cooler heads to prevail.  

“As we continue negotiations with the teachers union, it is vital that cooler heads prevail in order to maintain the integrity of this process. Talks are not over and the district is very interested in continuing discussing possible solutions that will lead to a fair compromise for all involved,” stated Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara in response to inflammatory outbursts and threats at tonight’s Board of School Trustees meeting. “It is unfortunate that we had to end the meeting early, but for the safety of our Trustees, and everyone else in attendance, it was the right course of action. Safety at our public meetings must remain paramount in order for the community to feel free to come and discuss matters affecting their children. Our children are watching and we have to be the good examples they deserve. Whether they are being taught in the classroom or when outside of the classroom, every decision we make has to be made with students as our top priority because their well-being is impacted. We look forward to continuing this process in hopes of coming to a resolution very soon.”

He said talks are not over and the district still wants to hammer out a deal.  The teachers union says if no deal is reached Friday, teachers will go on strike September 10th.  

The district says there will be contingincy plnns put in place, such as hiring more substitute teachers, to make sure schools stay open.