Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) has reached a tentative agreement with the Saint Paul Federation of Educators (SPFE), ending a strike that began Tuesday, March 10.
“We are glad to reach an agreement with our educators,” says Dr. Joe Gothard, Superintendent of SPPS. “Through hours of compromise and a laser focus on placing students above all else, we have a new two-year agreement that targets resources to areas of greatest need.”
Classes will resume for all students on Monday, March 16. Kid Space and meal site locations will be open on Friday, March 13.
Details of the compromise proposal are not being released by SPPS, pending ratification by members of SPFE.
The tentative agreement on a new contract came at approximately 3:30 a.m. this morning, after more than 19 hours of mediation beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Negotiations with SPFE, which represents 3,600 Educators, Educational Assistants and School and Community Service Professionals, began last May. Mediation has been going on since mid-December.
“The Board of Education recognizes this strike was hurtful, and it’s something none of us wanted to happen,” says Marny Xiong, Chair of the Saint Paul Board of Education. “The expectation going forward is that we will operate out of love to work together and support our students.”
“I fully realize the strike has caused anxiety and uncertainty for our students, families, staff and community,” says Dr. Gothard. “I am grateful for your patience and I promise to rebuild trust that may have been lost through this process. We have an amazing and dedicated staff ready to see our students back in our hallways and in our classrooms.”
SPPS is Minnesota’s second largest school district, serving 36,000 students. It is also one of the city’s largest employers with 6,700 staff members and 63 schools.
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