Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees hold signs for a fair contract at a special board of education meeting, May 16, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees hold signs for a fair contract at a special board of education meeting, May 16, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School contract talks to resume after threats

After threats, dates and times of the meetings will not be disclosed for safety reasons.

Negotiations between the school district and two employee associations will continue in private, after a potential threat shut down a Wednesday contract negotiation meeting between the Kenai Peninsula Education Association, the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Negotiations will be recorded and posted to Facebook, and the dates and times of the meetings will not be disclosed for safety reasons, a Thursday Facebook post from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association said.

Three calls from a Kenai Peninsula number were made threatening the National Education Association’s office in Anchorage, according to a Wednesday night Facebook post by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

The meeting, which was scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the Soldotna High School Library, was cancelled “out of concern for safety and protocol,” the school district said.

The Kenai Peninsula Education Association said on Facebook that law enforcement was notified of the threat, but that they hoped to return to negotiations soon.

The school district and two employee associations have been unable to reach a contract agreement for a year and a half, with an agreement currently stalled over the cost of health care.

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