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Jefferson Parish to offer individual contracts to teachers

Jefferson Parish public schools Superintendent James Meza said he plans to offer teachers individual employment contracts while negotiations on a union contract continue.

The Times-Picayune reports the individual contracts are not intended to replace a collective bargaining agreement with the Jefferson Federation of Teachers.

However, Meza said they would protect rights and benefits of the system's more than 3,000 teachers until a union contract can be signed.

Meza and School Board member Larry Dale, chair of the board's employee relations committee, said the individual contracts will guarantee teachers the same salary and benefits of the previous union contract and that all grievance procedures comply with board policy and Louisiana law.

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