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Sherrard School District Trying to Prevent Teacher Strike

The President of the Sherrard School District’s School Board says she’s optimistic they will come to an agreement with the Sherrard Education Association (S.E.A.) on Sunday, February 16th, 2014.

On Saturday, February 15th, 2014, the Board met for more than three hours in a closed-door meeting.

Afterwards, President Leslie Anderson told News 8 they looked at all their options in preparations for Sunday’s meeting with the teacher’s union.

“We want to go into the meeting tomorrow as prepared as possible,” she says. “Obviously, it’s a negotiation session so you have to be flexible enough to respond to whatever happens at the time, but we want to really be organized and make sure that we’re using the time efficiently and are respectful of everybody’s time as well as listening to what they’ve said and what their positions are and giving as much credit to those as we can in a timely manner.”

Both groups have been battling over contract negotiations for months, but Anderson says she believes they will come to an agreement and a strike won’t be necessary.

“We did talk about some things that we think we can move on. We talked about some things that we absolutely can’t move on. We talked about some things that we thought maybe they can move on or maybe they don’t want to move on that they’ve indicated that they’re not going to move on.”

“Obviously we don’t want a strike situation,” says Anderson. “We really don’t want to have to put our students in that situation. We don’t want to have to put our district in that situation. We certaintly don’t want to create any more damage between the relationship that exists between the S.E.A. and the district as it stands right now.”

The two sides meet on Sunday, February 15th, 2014 at 1pm. News 8 will be there and will have a live update on News 8 at 5pm.