PERRIS- In a session filled with emotion and anger over ongoing disunity, parents of the Perris Elementary School District (PESD) joined students, and educators at Thursday’s school board meeting to deliver a “No confidence” declaration and demand an end to the contract dispute that has increasingly impacted teacher and community morale.
While overcrowding kept many parents outside the meeting room, those within spoke passionately about the impact on their children and the community when teachers leave Perris for better pay and benefits elsewhere. Several demanded an immediate end to the dispute that they believe has hurt their children.
Teachers have complained of bullying tactics by administrators and school board members. Educators were disturbed by school board president Jose Garcia’s comment that teachers should “take a bullet…” and accept the district’s proposal during a discussion at the last board meeting.
California Teachers Association staff member Ken Johnson confronted the board during the public comments portion of the meeting and provided an abridged version of Roberts Rules of Order. He explained that the board does not follow proper protocol and is regularly out of order during its sessions.
Perris Elementary Teachers Association has moved through official procedures known as impasse and mediation and is now scheduling a state fact-finding hearing in the next weeks while continuing to seek a settlement with PESD.