Negotiations continue in Springfield School District

HOLLAND, OH (Toledo News Now) - The Springfield Local School Board met Wednesday night, after the districts teachers' union voted to approve a ten day strike authorization, meaning union leaders could issue a ten day strike notice if an agreement is not reached by May 11.

The meeting lasted just five minutes before board members went into executive session to discuss a fact finder's report.  More than 100 teachers showed up at the meeting and sat silently as a show of solidarity, they said.

"From our standpoint, we are just really committed to reaching a fair settlement with our teachers in light of the economic conditions that we're facing, and to be fiscally responsible, which we owe the tax payers in our community." said Springfield Superintendent Kathryn Hott.

"We've made concession is wages, we've made concessions in heath care, we've made concessions in personal days.  We understand that there is a financial problem in this district, and we are ready willing and able to help the district in that problem. But at one point or another you have to draw that line and say enough is enough, and that's the point where we're at right now," said Springfield Education Association President Marty Perlaky.

Both sides say negotiations are ongoing, but no date for their next meeting had been set as of Wednesday night.

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