In a 3-2 vote, the Hastings School Board approved the Teachers Collective Bargaining Agreement for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 School Years at last night’s meeting after the contract had to come back to the board due to a procedural mistake.
Last year’s board had unanimously approved the contract on its consent agenda, however, board member Brian Davis wrongfully voted on the contract even though his spouse is a teacher in the district and was meant to abstain from the vote.
The contract came up again in last night’s special meeting to redo the vote with Davis abstaining from it, as per Minnesota statute.
The Teachers Collective Bargaining Agreement passed Wednesday with board members Becky Beissel, Stephanie Malm and Lisa Hedin voting in favor, Carrie Tate and Mike Reis voting against it and Jessica Dressely abstaining from voting.
Tate voted against it because she said there were inconsistencies in its language and felt it needed to be rewritten to fix the language before it got approved again.
“My issues right now are the parties are defined in the beginning of the contract and throughout the contract the names of the parties are not consistent,” she said at the meeting.
Tate said she was in favor of the terms outlined in the contract, but wanted a better quality contract to be written to protect the parties involved in it.
Reis did not speak on his reason for voting against the contract, nor did Dressely for abstaining from the vote.