The district reacts to the board meeting that gained statewide recognition.
Greenfield School Board Protests
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
According to a report, the retirement rate among public school teachers doubled following the 2010-11 school year.
UPDATED AT 10:20 A.M. THURSDAY WITH GREENFIELD'S NUMBERS. Thursday's first day of school will be the first school year "opening day" spent away from a classroom for a record number of retired teachers, according to a recent report. It was reported by the Associated Press on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel website that 4,935 school district employees retired in the first half of 2011 before a new law required them contribute more for benefits and took away most of their collective bargaining rights. According to the story, 2010 retirements totaled 2,527 in 2010 and 2,417 in 2009. So, in 2009 and 2010 combined, there were just nine more retirements than there were from January to July of 2011. According to Whitnall Superintendent Lowell Holtz…
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
New Berlin teachers, like those in Greenfield, were displeased with the input they had on their employee handbook.
Protesters from both sides of the aisle. A police presence. Cheers, jeers and chants. Sound familiar? It should. One week after protesters voiced their displeasures with the Greenfield School District administrators and School Board at a board meeting Aug. 22, nearly an identical scene played out at New Berlin West High/Middle School on Monday, according to a story in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The story said New Berlin school district employees are upset with their lack of input in the new school handbook, which was approved at last night's meeting. Greenfield teachers have had similar complaints with their administration. One major difference between the two meetings: New Berlin moved its into the school's auditorium a week …
Saturday, August 27, 2011
A letter to teachers, need for safety, open meeting law all contributed to tension.
The cause of Monday's raucous Greenfield School Board meeting could easily be categorized as another episode in the never-ending collective bargaining drama that has besieged the state over the last eight months. But the roots of what transpired are much more nuanced, involving the underpinnings of a changing relationship between teachers and the district, and quick decisions made by the school officials during the proceedings. What occurred Monday began to percolate in late July, when school board president Bruce Bailey wrote a letter to teachers stating it is unlawful for the district or any of its representatives to "negotiate" with teachers as a result of the collective bargaining reform passed in Madison earlier this year. The …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
There have been plenty of opinions on both sides of the issue shared the last few days.
As expected, the protests from Monday's Greenfield School Board meeting at the Greenfield School District administrative building has been a hot topic this week. Greenfield Patch's coverage - a breaking news story from the meeting, raw video, a photo gallery and a followup with School Board president Bruce Bailey - led to nearly 120 combined comments from Patch users as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday. In addition, Greenfield NOW reporter Jane Ford gathered these reactions and comments at Monday's meeting and reported that Greenfield teachers made up an estimated 40 percent of the crowd in this story.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Greenfield School Board president Bruce Bailey speaks out on Monday night's protests.
Greenfield School Board president Bruce Bailey understands that people in Wisconsin, especially teachers and their supporters, are mad these days. He just thinks they are mad at the wrong people. Bailey had the unenviable task of leading Monday night’s Greenfield School Board meeting that was met with more than 100 protesters who voiced their opinions before, during and after the session. “I was surprised with the amount of anger directed at us,” said Bailey, who added he had no inclination that large of a crowd would show up. “If they’re mad at Governor Walker and the (budget-repair) bill, that’s fine, but to direct that anger at the local school board is misplaced.” According to Bailey, one school board member told him their car was …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The scheduled space couldn't hold the 130 protesters that came to the meeting, and the crowd was upset when the board refused to change locations.
Updated at 9:55 p.m. Frustration with the direction the Greenfield School Board and its administration is taking the district boiled over Monday evening as protesters flooded into and briefly took over the regularly scheduled board meeting. Dozens of protesters and speakers berated board members and district officials, voicing their displeasure with how the district teachers are being treated now that collective bargaining is prohibited. "We want a quality educational system; your actions don't match. You need to do something about that," said Andrew Misorski during the public comment period of the meeting. The show of frustration stems from a number of changes Greenfield teachers have faced this summer due to the end of collective …
The Greenfield School District administrative building was the site of a large protest Monday evening.
More than 100 protesters, many from districts other than Greenfield, showed up at the Greenfield School Board meeting Monday to protest the district's handling of the employee handbook and benefits. The district's administrative meeting room was too small to accommodate the crowd and the Greenfield Police Department was called in to maintain order, though no arrests were made according to one news report. Freelancer Brendan O'Brien filmed this raw video and captured some of the protesters chanting "Shame" as the school board went into closed session.
According to multiple sources, many of the protestors were Wisconsin Education Association Council members.
A handful of media outlets, in addition to Greenfield Patch, were at Monday's Greenfield School Board meeting, which featured more than 100 protesters who showed their support for Greenfield teachers. The protests stemmed from what teachers feel is a lack of communication as the board discussed and voted on the employee handbook and benefit contributions. "I think there's a lot of frustration on the eve of our first day of school," Doug Perry, a fifth grade teacher at Maple Grove Elementary School and the Greenfield Education Association president told a TMJ4 reporter. "The first day for teachers is tomorrow (Tuesday). Even though Act 10 was passed around June 20, and that's two months, we have no idea what our rights and privileges and …
Monday, August 22, 2011
More than one hundred protestors gathered at the Greenfield School District administrative building Monday.
The Greenfield School Board and the district's administrators were met with more than 100 protestors at Monday's meeting. For a complete story, click here.