LAUREL, Del. -Laurel School District Superintendent John Ewald is responding to a protest by teachers across the district.
Tuesday, teachers began a silent "work to rule" protest in which they only work required hours. This after a stalemate in teacher contract negotiations with the school district.
Wednesday, WMDT reached out to Superintendent Ewald who responded with this statement:
"Our schools are a point of pride for our community and our state and that is, in great part, due to the hard work of our teachers and staff. As an educator, I have tremendous respect for what our teachers do every day. However, as a superintendent, I must be a faithful steward of taxpayer dollars. Our next contract must strike a balance - one that recognizes the important work that our teachers do every day while, at the same time, respects our precarious financial situation and the needs of our district and our state. I look forward to working with the Board of Education and our employees to find that balance. It is my hope that we can come to an agreement at the bargaining table. It is also my hope that we can continue our negotiations without taking actions that would limit the instruction, support, and services our students need."
The next bargaining session is tentatively scheduled for December 4.