Updated 02/07/2013 07:58 AM
Parents continue to push for answers after Fallsburg misses critical state deadline
It's been about three weeks since a handful of school districts across New York State missed the critical deadline to submit the required teacher evaluation plans to the state. Our Eva McKend was at the school board meeting in Fallsburg where parents continue to push for answers.
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FALLSBURG, N.Y. - Just a few weeks after the Fallsburg Central School District and the Teachers Association failed to meet the state deadline to submit their Annual Professional Performance Review evaluation plans, parents in the district want to know what's going on and when if ever an agreement between the district and the union will be reached.
"They are taking their time on issues at this point. I feel it's very important that these children get their answers, that we get our answers in a timely fashion and we're not," said high school parent Andrea Roberts.
No member of the school board directly addressed the very tight lipped APPR process at the Wednesday meeting. This is the second meeting the school board has had since the district missed that critical state deadline. No agreement has been reached but the school board says a meeting between the district and the teachers association will occur in the next few weeks.
"Parents have a right to ask questions. They have a right to know what's going on in the district and I understand that and I support that. In terms of where we are, we're going back to the table to negotiate in good faith and I have hopes that we're going to be able to resolve both the APPR and our regular contract negotiations moving forward," said Fallsburg Central School District Superintendent Ivan Katz.
But even if the groups are able to come to an agreement, the district has already forfeited their opportunity to receive thousands of dollars in state aid. A situation that cannot be remedied.
"The fact that we missed the deadline, I'm hoping that we'll be able to move forward from that point and have something in place as soon as possible," said Katz.
The district and the teachers union are scheduled to meet on February 16th and again the following Monday.