"We're very optimistic in both districts that we can come to agreements," said Marty Lankford, who will be the Michigan Education Association staff representative on the bargaining teams for the Spring Lake and Grand Haven teachers and Spring Lake support staff.
"We are going to make every effort to do that before we return to school in the fall."
"There is money there to settle agreements," Lankford
added that he
is hopeful that the school districts and staff will share the same priorities during negotiations.
"The teachers in both Spring Lake and Grand Haven place continuous quality learning conditions and teaching conditions as our number one priority," Lankford
explained that negotiations will also include discussions of the No Child Left Behind law as it relates to school improvement programs and teacher qualifications.