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South Butler school board and teachers to meet for arbitration

May 11, 2018 News Extra

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The South Butler County School District and its teachers union will meet on Monday, May 21 for nonbinding arbitration.

The South Butler County School District and its teachers union will meet on Monday, May 21 for nonbinding arbitration.

A three-person panel comprised of a representative from each side plus a state arbitrator who is a Pittsburgh attorney will hear both sides, consider the teachers' and school board's final best offers and piece together their recommendations on an issue-by-issue basis.

Once the arbitrator comes to a decision on the issues within 20 days, the two other panel members will be asked if they agree. If one or both sides agrees, the school board and teachers have 10 days to vote to accept or reject the panel's findings.

If one side rejects the findings, the two sides return to negotiations.

The last teachers contract expired on June 30, 2014.

A full story will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.