The Board of Education’s bargaining team will be meeting with the EMEA’s team this Wednesday evening. It is our hope that the two sides will reach an agreement. We have been advised by the EMEA that they will not go out on strike before this bargaining session, although the Board of Education has no control over that.
In an effort to help out the families in our district who would be affected by a work stoppage and the closing of schools, the district has held discussions with local agencies to provide information on alternatives. Unfortunately, the district will not be able to find accommodations for all EMSD students during the day. The Two Rivers YMCA has graciously agreed to provide services during the day for some families, but they only have room for approximately 45-65 EMSD students above their current commitment to those families that utilize the Y Program for before or after school care. If you are interested in this option, we strongly recommend you click here to download the attached form and turn it in to the Two Rivers YMCA by this Thursday, February 16 (the form says by Wednesday, February 15, but you have until Thursday to turn it in). If you require financial assistance, please check the appropriate box on the form and request that paperwork from the YMCA when you turn this form in. For any students that are signed up, the school district will provide bussing to and from the Two Rivers YMCA if needed.
We are still working with community partners on possible food sites for hot lunch for many of our students. We hope to have that information for you once we know if the EMEA will be going out on strike. We will keep the entire community informed as we know more information. Of course, the Board of Education is hopeful that the two sides can reach an agreement without the EMEA going on strike
Kristin Humphries, Superintendent
East Moline School District #37