District Prepares for Potential Strike

high schoolMEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School Board met for an executive session Monday night while members of the Medford Education Association and other community supporters lined the sidewalk in support of the teachers.

The mandatory ten day notice of a strike has been given to the district and should an agreement not be reached by February 6th at 6 a.m. the teachers will go on strike. Sunday, Superintendent Phil Long sent out more than 10,000 e-mails and 11,000 phone calls to parents and guardians of students. Long said resolving the contract dispute before the 6th is the number one goal, but the district is also preparing for the possibility of a strike.

The district said school will continue should a strike occur, and parents should sign up for notifications to make sure they have the most up to date information.

“If we’re not able to resolve the contract, which is still our primary goal, then we will be communicating about what’s going to happen with school and how we’re going to schedule or re-schedule or adjust things. That’s why it’s important to have really good contact information,” said Superintendent Phil Long.

School buses will be running and meals will continue to be served as well, and Long said each day of instruction will continue to be valuable. Both sides will meet Tuesday and negotiations will continue with the strike deadline looming.

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