JPS and Jamestown Teachers Association Ratify Contract

In the spirit of cooperation, Jamestown Public Schools and the Jamestown Teachers Association (JTA) are pleased to announce that both parties have approved a new collective bargaining agreement for teachers. The Jamestown Board of Education approved the JTA Contract at their board meeting tonight, and the JTA membership ratified the contract yesterday. The four-year agreement is effective immediately and runs through June 2018. The JTA has been without a new contract since June 2014.

“We find the settlement to be a fair one and are pleased with it,” said JTA President Chris Reilly. “ I’d like to thank all the teachers who during the two-year negotiation process did not waver in their commitment to students.”

Today’s announcement of ratifying the JTA contract helps the district move forward with a primary district strategic goal: ensuring that all students are in excellent schools and thriving communities and are on the path to excel in college and 21st century careers.

“The Jamestown Board of Education is pleased that the District and the JTA could come to a mutually-beneficial agreement to their contract negotiations,” said JPS Board President Paul Abbott. “The Board knows how hard both teams have worked to come to a fair conclusion that will ultimately benefit our students and district.”

“We have had a strong contract in place,” said Superintendent Tim O. Mains and JTA President Chris Reilly. “In the new contract, we worked together to maintain the positive aspects of that contract, but to also enhance the previous contract.”

Superintendent Mains is thankful for the work of everyone involved in the negotiations – administrators and teachers. “We thank all of our teachers for their dedication and continued efforts in the classroom everyday, even without a new contract in place. Throughout this process, the District has consistently looked for an agreement that honors, respects and values our teaching staff and all they do for the children in our district. The District’s Negotiating Team also put in many long hours throughout the negotiation process. Their dedication and perseverance helped to get this agreement in place,” said Mr. Mains.

posted on 12/01/2016 - filed under: Board of Education, Spotlight, Staff