August 18, 2022

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Pittsfield College Committee defends actions similar to reopening | Community News

The Pittsfield Faculty Committee has pushed back again on statements made by the United Educators of Pittsfield that it acted inappropriately in the way it moved forward with university reopening plans.

Although the union claimed the committee violated a signed settlement concerning the district and the union, the committee, in a letter to the UEP Executive Board dated Thursday, identified as the UEP’s “assertion with regards to the language and requirements” in the arrangement inaccurate.

The union sees general public well being indicators in the memorandum of agreement (MOA) as needs for reopening in-person education, although College Committee chairperson Katherine Yon mentioned in the letter that the UEP was citing “a part of the MOA, which does not accurately replicate the agreement of the functions when viewed as a entire.”

Yon described quite a few of the union’s other claims as “inaccurate.” Yon said in the letter that the committee believes it provided suitable see of its Jan. 27 assembly agenda, and denied statements that it deliberated unlawfully in govt session at that assembly. UEP President Melissa Campbell submitted an open up conference law complaint against the committee final 7 days.

Campbell could not quickly be achieved for remark Saturday.

The district designs to put into action a COVID-19 tests process utilizing CARES Act funding authorized by Mayor Linda Tyer, and the committee believes such a procedure would be “more productive than the pool tests offered by the Commonwealth,” the letter explained.