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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 72

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m si THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1997 Wilcox declares 'impasse' in salary talks with teachers meeting in executive sessions. "Jayne Palmer was not in the executive session," Wilcox said Monday. The school board, acting as a legislative body, will decide the final terms of this year's contract. The negotiations, which began in a spirit of cooperation in July, have stalled several times over salary issues and a district proposal to add 75 minutes to teachers' work week. A mediator will hear both sides and recommend a solution to the school board. By Joe Vidueira Palm Beach Post Staff Writer : STUART Schools Superintendent Sara Wilcox on Monday officially halted the district's salary negotiations with teachers. : "I signed a letter declaring impasse," said Wilcox, referring to a letter she sent earlier in the day to the state Public Employees Relations Commission and the teachers union. The state agency will now appoint a mediator to hear both sides of the dispute and recommend a solution to the school board, which has the power to impose a settlement School district negotiator Jayne Palmer halted salary talks last Monday, saying the school board had not authorized fur ther negotiations after the union turned down an offer to raise teacher salaries by 3.5 percent, on top of last December's 2 percent increase. Union leaders had asked for a 3.9 percent increase. But after consulting by telephone with board members meeting in an executive session that night, Palmer also refused to declare an impasse in the talks. Teachers union representative Judy Burgess said Monday she had not yet been notified of the superintendent's announcement, but that "if that's what she did, that's unfair labor practice. She can't act independently of the board." In response, Wilcox said the board reached its decision during last Monday night's executive board meeting, although it may not have notified Palmer at the time. The superintendent is required by state law to make negotiating decisions in conjunction with the school board while Boca students hit the pavement in order to raise AIDS awareness t n i Jlk ) f fc'-:. ' i Jf I messages. In the past three years, Sandpiper students have tallied about 30,000 miles in the name of AIDS awareness. All that walking doesn't raise money. No; pledges, no matching grants. But it does raise consciousness. "We just want to make the community aware that we re aware, explained Judy Lahn, the school s AIDS program coordinator. Lahn, a first- and second-grade teacher, lost her nephew to the disease in 1993. A year later, she suggested to Principal Reginald Myers that AIDS become a special project at the school. By Ron Hayes Palm Beach Post Staff Writer "Who can tell me what AIDS is?" "A bad disease." "How do you get it?" "If somebody else's blood gets into yours." An, elementary school running track seems an unlikely' classroom for AIDS education. But on Monday, students at Sandpiper Shores in suburban Boca Raton started walking the track during physical education classes to mark World AIDS Awareness Week. By Friday, all 1,290 students will have spent 40 minutes each walking the track. Besides pounding the pavement, the Aids Action Council on Monday launched the first-ever "virtual" march on Washington, D.C. The "e-march" is scheduled to last a year on the World Wide Web at www.aidsaction.org. The march takes place on a "virtual" Washington Mall the traditional location of many real marches over the years complete with a speaker's podium in front of the Capitol. E-marchers will be able to carry a pre-written "e-sign" by clicking on the e-sign link; they also will have the option of writing and sending their own "We had a few concerns from some parents, to m '4 v . V r3,SC awareness. v V m Myers recalled, "but once we explained our approach, no one objected." How do you teach AIDS to a 6-year-old? . You emphasize how it's not transmitted. You stress that people shouldn't touch another's open wound. Above all, you encourage compassion for people with the disease. Since the program began, Sandpiper students have made 40 AIDS quilt panels, eight of which were displayed on the Mall in Washington in October 1996. For the past four years, they've led the annual AIDS Walk For Life in downtown West Palm Beach. ' IW-A- g. BILL INGRAMStaff Photographer Sandpiper Shores Elementary physical education teacher Amy Lewis Revel is led by second-graders Carrying one of 40 AIDS-awareness quilts during class Monday. a highly-skilled, eminently qualified professional who's probably been with Northern Trust for years. TVieres never been a better time for you to pkk (I better hmk. Has your bank merged lately? Did you wind up somewhere you never intended to be? 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