WILLIAMSTOWN — Teachers at Mount Greylock Regional School District have agreed to end their job action.
"We are pleased to report that the Regional School Committee and teachers' union have reached an agreement to halt the job action," Superintendent Kim Grady said in a statement released Wednesday.
Under the work-to-rule job action, the teachers had refrained from participating in any extracurricular activities to protest what they described as the committee's unwillingness to give pay raises anticipated under their previous contracts. The committee is in negotiations with teachers about a new contract following the creation of a newly formed district, which merged the Mount Greylock Regional School district with the ones from both elementary schools and a district set up strictly to administer shared services between the two elementary schools.
"We understand that the negotiation continues to reach a final contractual agreement, but we are thankful that the parties were able to find common ground to end the job action at this point," Grady said. "This is great news for our school community."
A flyer explaining the work-to-rule action detailed the extracurricular clubs and activities that teachers would not take part in, including field trips, robotics club, dance chaperones, writing club, newspaper and yearbook advisers, Spanish club, student performance productions and student art exhibitions. In the elementary schools, teachers declined to participate in field trips, student performance productions, book club, geography bee, math club, parent information night, and the popsicle social, among other activities.After a full day of contract negotiations Monday, the School Committee and union reps met separately to discuss the job action. The committee made an offer, and after some consideration the union accepted it. On Wednesday morning teachers voted to accept the offer.
It was not clear what exactly the committee offered that led the teachers to return to normal status. Negotiations for a final, unified contract are ongoing.