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Byron teachers and School Board start contract mediation

Byron Education Association members and parents wait to speak to the school board
Byron Education Association members and parents waiting to speak to the school board.

BYRON, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Byron Education Association and the Byron School Board met Friday to start contract mediation.

The BEA hopes that they will reach an agreement that will be fair.

The teachers in the Byron School District have been working without a contract since summer 2019. This is only the second time that mediation like this has happened, according to the BEA.

It is new territory for both the school district and the union.

"I think the best case scenario is that to offer a fair contract so that we can move onto other issues that affect our district," said Byron School District parent Eric Jarmuz. "We are looking at upcoming referendums to do some building improvements and I just don't think we can move forward if we can't support our staff. If we can't support our staff, how can we expect our staff and community to support further spending?"

KTTC reached out to Byron Public Schools superintendent Joey Page regarding the mediation.

He replied with an email stating: "The Byron Public Schools offers attractive salaries and an excellent benefits package. Current and past Byron teacher settlements reflect a commitment to staff development and longevity. We look forward to a collaborative process with the people we value."

The teachers hope that an agreement can be reached so they can move on and focus on other issues that affect the school district.

Megan Zemple

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