UPDATE (Nov. 8, 2021):
Anderson Community Schools announced Monday that it and the Anderson Federation of Teachers have reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement that would provide teachers with a base salary increase and a series of stipends over the next two years.
ANDERSON, Ind. — Anderson Community Schools announced classes were canceled Wednesday due to a high number of staff absences.
In a post made on Facebook, the district said there will be no e-learning day put in place.
Classes were also canceled on Friday for excessive staff absences. The absences come in the middle of contract negotiations between the district and the Anderson Federation of Teachers.
A representative from the teachers’ union said there has been no raise in base salary since the 2018-19 school year.
From Anderson Community Schools:
The Anderson Community School Corporation (ACSC) is closed on Wednesday, November 3rd with no e-Learning. The district’s decision to close was due to 15%-20% of teachers engaging in an illegal concerted job action by calling off work today.
“We are disappointed that these teachers are choosing to do this as it hurts our parents and students,” said Superintendent Dr. Joe Cronk. “We are appreciative of the vast majority of staff that have continued coming to work as we continue the bargaining process with the Anderson Federation of Teachers (AFT).”
By mutual agreement by a representative of the ACSC and AFT, the parties have entered into mediation with a state appointed Indiana Education Employment Relations Board (IEERB) mediator/financial consultant. The first mediation session by mutual agreement is scheduled for tomorrow.
Under ACS’ current proposal, teachers would receive a $2,000 increase in base salary and $10,000 in stipends over the next two years. The contract ensures that despite a health insurance premium increase all staff will see an increase in their take home pay.
ACSC is planning to re-open on Thursday, November 4th. Should ACSC have to close again they will inform parents, guardians, and the public.