School board denies union grievance on RIF

Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 09:03 AM.

Copeland argued, though Powell disagreed, that the contract had been reopened in 2012, leaving salary schedules and language in place.

That he said constituted a “re-adoption” of the contract.

Costin agreed and suggested to the board that this was a central point; as the contract had been in a form “re-adopted”, as noted in the Senate Bill, the contract language regarding the RIF was trumped by the statute passed in 2011.

“My concern is that the language has been re-adopted, then the statute controls,” Costin said.

During the RIF earlier this summer, the district reduced three positions at Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School, two at Wewahitchka Elementary School and one non-instructional position at WES.

Among the teachers let go, three had more than 30 years experience, one 26 years and another six.

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