Fresh on the heels of last week’s town council meeting in which Mayor Michael Gonnelli was given approval to mediate the current dispute between the between the teachers union, board of education and school administration, it appears that a higher power may need to get involved.
Board of Education President Sal Manente and and union Vice President Joan Cali met last week in an attempt to set up a meeting between the board and union representatives from each school. However, they could not reach a decision on who else should be involved in the meeting – specifically superintendent Cynthia Randina, who wanted to include a school administrator, a human resources representative and her lawyer.
The Board of Education is uninterested in Mayor Gonnelli’s offer to mediate as well, telling the Hudson Reporter, “He really doesn’t have an education background…Usually we sit with the mayor and we get badgered. The board is a little uncomfortable with him at this point.”
The Reporter also reports that if the parties can’t come to some sort of agreement on their own, Manente said that the school board will ask the state Department of Education to step in.
A full report on the current situation can be found at the Hudson Reporter.