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EC teachers have no-confidence vote on Harding

Updated: December 3, 2012 9:27PM



EAST CHICAGO — Teachers and other school employees are casting ballots this week on whether they have confidence in Superintendent Michael Harding.

The vote comes a week after the School Board voted not to renew Harding’s contract when it expires in August 2014.

John Zarlenga, president of East Chicago Federation of Teachers Local 511, said teachers disagreed with Harding’s administrative initiatives and felt he failed to communicate with them.

Zarlenga said teachers opposed Harding’s move to remove guidance counselors from secondary schools. “There’s one for 1,900 students,” he said.

Zarlenga said the union felt that administrative salaries became higher under Harding which put a strain on the district’s budget.

Teachers and other school employees can vote each day this week from 4 to 6 p.m. at the union office, 534 W. Chicago Ave.

There is a separate ballot box for teachers and non-union employees. Voters will have to sign in and show their school district identification.

Zarlenga said the teachers union in Michigan City held a no-confidence vote on Harding where he was superintendent from 2004 to 2009 when he left to come to East Chicago.



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