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Pasco teacher contract negotiations continuing

Striking Pasco teachers walk down Fourth Avenue in Pasco on their way Friday to the Franklin County Courthouse for a hearing.
Striking Pasco teachers walk down Fourth Avenue in Pasco on their way Friday to the Franklin County Courthouse for a hearing.

The Pasco Association of Educators and the Pasco School District met for five hours Sunday to negotiate a contract, according to Greg Olson, president of the association of educators.

The school district posted to social media late Saturday that it expected classes to resume Tuesday. Friday Franklin County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom ordered an end to the strike by Pasco teachers.

However, teachers are expected to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday to discuss their options.

During negotiations Sunday the school district responded to the most recent union proposal, Olson said in a message to the Herald.

The district offered to provide $3 million for curriculum spending after only budgeting for $1.1 million at its last board meeting, Olson said. It also offered to allow sixth grade teachers to teach in their subject area for this year only, he said.

The school district posted to its website that it would not longer tie the third year increase in compensation for teachers to district funding remaining at the current level.

Negotiations are expected to resume at 2:30 p.m. or earlier Monday. The school district has canceled its Tuesday board meeting.

For updates today, check the district’s website at www.psd1.org or call 509-416-7874.

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