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Mount Greylock Regional Teachers End Job Action
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:20PM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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The Mount Greylock Regional School District and its teachers union have reached an accord to end the job action.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Mount Greylock Regional School District and its teachers union have reached an accord to end the job action that has limited extracurricular activities at the district's three schools.

Mount Greylock Superintendent Kimberley Grady late Wednesday morning sent an email to the Mount Greylock community announcing that, while contract negotiations continue, the teachers have agreed to end the job action that has affected students at Mount Greylock, Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary.

"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 wrote. "This is great news for our school community."

In response to a follow-up question, Grady explained that the timetable for the resumption of specific extracurriculars depends on how quickly faculty members respond to position postings that have been in place since early August.

Once the teachers contact their building's principal, the process can begin for their installation in positions like, for example, the adviser to the Mount Greylock Student Council.

At the last meeting of the Transition Committee that governs the recently expanded PreK-12 school district, the secretary of the student council told the committee that Mount Greylock students were "affected at every level" by the job action.

"Student goverenment cannot continue to function," said Avery Powers, the student representative and council secretary.

Grady on Wednesday afternoon explained that positions like faculty advisers to clubs and the student government are posted and filled on an annual basis.

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