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JCPS teacher and employee unions question timing of upcoming meetings

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jefferson County Public Schools has scheduled a series of meetings next week and some people say the times those meetings were scheduled is not fair to JCPS employees.

There are three meetings set to discuss student behavior, code of conduct and a recent salary study.

The JCPS Code of Conduct Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. on May 20 at Gheens Academy, Room 112

The Superintendent’s Summit on Behavior Systems will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, May 23 in Gheens Academy in Flex Room A. 

The MAG (Management Advisory Group International Inc.) Forum on the Compensation Study is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 23 in Stewart Auditorium at the Van Hoose Education Center

“It seems like they’re deliberately keeping the employees and stakeholders in this whole thing. It seems like they're keeping them away,” said John Stovall, president of Teamsters Local 783.

At the meeting of the school board on April 26, board members were introduced to a code of conduct study that would reduce the amount of offenses that resulted in suspension for students. The study was the product of a series of committee meetings, meetings that the Jefferson County Teacher’s Association say were not done fairly.

“Rather than a consensus process, which should be truly collaborative, it was, 'OK, I'm going to say this, and then I'm going to pick,’” said JCTA vice president Tammy Berlin. “We want some more accountability from JCPS.”

The other item that was introduced at the same board meeting was a comprehensive salary study that wanted to freeze most employee salaries for the 2016-17 school year.

“It does affect their livelihood, their wages and some of the bus drivers on student discipline would like to have an input on it,” Stovall said.

No action has been taken by the board on either of those items.

Now, there are concerns by stakeholders in JCPS that the upcoming meetings do not provide ample opportunity to participate.

“I think they are just not being thoughtful in how they conduct most of their business,” Berlin said. “This is just a small part of it.”

“It almost seems like they have purposefully moved these meetings to times the employees and union members can't attend,” Stovall said.

JCPS released the following statement in regards to the upcoming series of meetings:

“The Code of Conduct Committee meetings have been held at the same time for several months. The hours of the salary meeting were extended so people may attend after school is dismissed. The meeting is from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Superintendent's Summit is an invited panel of experts to help receive feedback on a behavioral management plan.  JCPS will be live streaming the salary study meeting and Superintendent's Summit so those that cannot attend will be able to view the meetings online.”

JCPS says the meetings will be open to the public.

“They have held and continue to hold these meetings during duty hours while our teachers our in the classroom,”  Berlin added.

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