LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District is pushing its negotiations with the teachers union into a third-party mediation, the school district announced Tuesday.
School district spokeswoman Amanda Fulkerson said contract negotiations have stalled because the union, the Clark County Education Association, has not responded to correspondence to schedule additional negotiation dates.
"Teachers deserve answers," Fulkerson said. "It is our goal to have a contract in place by the time our employees return from summer break."
The teachers union issued a statement Tuesday evening calling the school district's actions "premature."
"It is unfortunate that Superintendent (Dwight) Jones has taken this action," the statement reads. "The district's actions will not put one laid off teacher back in the classroom."
In a letter dated June 26 to the union, school district associate superintendent Edward Goldman wrote that a few days prior he had requested more negotiating dates before July 1.
Because Goldman hadn't received a response, he wrote, he was serving a five-day notice to begin mediation. An arbitrator would have final say in contract negotiations.
The teachers union has asked the school board of trustees to intervene and instruct the school district to return to negotiations and bargain in good faith.
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