Madera Unified's superintendent said Friday he was wrong to report that a deadline to end contract negotiations with teachers was looming.
Ed Gonzalez, who started his new job Aug. 1, said Monday he'd received a report from a three-member fact-finding committee that's currently assessing an embattled negotiating process between the district and its teachers.
The Bee's request Monday for a copy of the findings went unanswered.
Gonzalez clarified his statements on Friday: He got a brief Monday from his lawyer, not the committee. He said that document outlined possible outcomes the fact-finding committee might recommend -- but was not the official report.
"I wanted to try to be very transparent," he said, "but the reality is, I should have taken a little bit more time."
Submission of the final document would essentially kick off a 10-day window for final negotiations, giving both parties just a few days to find a resolution.
Gonzalez's comments Monday raised eyebrows among teachers' union officials, who said they never received a copy of the committee's report.
The district has been involved in difficult talks with its union.
David Holder, Madera Unified Teachers Association president, has said the district's proposals include a cap on medical payments and mandated teacher training without pay.
The district's most recent offer, he said this week, also includes a provision giving administrators more power to transfer teachers to other schools.
Holder said teachers likely will strike if the district doesn't amend the proposals. He declined to say when a strike would begin.
Gonzalez has said districts have faced tough choices since 2008, as state budget cuts have forced schools to trim expenses.
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