2018-10-04 / News

TA teachers hope to have contract soon

By Abigail Worthing Staff Writer

SACO – Thornton Academy teachers are working without a contract as a nine month negotiation continues without an end in sight.

The teachers’ union contract expired in 2018, and the union has been in negotiations with the school since January. According to Caryn Ford, English teacher and member of the Thornton Academy Teachers Union, there is no tentative contract in place, nor has a meeting been set to continue negotiations.

“We are hopeful that a meeting will be set and that a contract will be agreed upon,” Ford said. “Then the union can vote on it and we can move forward.”

“It’s a process, both sides need to meet and work together and we continue to do so,” said Thornton Academy Headmaster Rene Menard. “It’s all getting together and talking to reach an agreement, and we’re optimistic that we’ll reach it.”

Ford, a Saco resident, has been a faculty member of the English department at Thornton Academy since 2000.

Ford was limited by what she could disclose, but when asked why she and the other members of the faculty are still working without a contract, she said they are trying to keep the students best interests at the forefront.

“Right now, we’re putting our kids first and doing what we need to do to take care of them,” she said.

Contact Staff Writer Abigail Worthing at news@inthecourier.com.

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