After 34th meeting, Shaler teacher, board unable to reach contract
SHALER TOWNSHIP, Pa. —
For the 34th time Wednesday Shaler Area teachers and the Shaler Area School Board met to discuss a contract, and for the 34th time no agreement was reached.
Classes are expected to begin next week for the school district located in the North Hills, but teachers and the board have not been able to find common ground on issues ranging from salaries to workload.
Union officials notified district officials of their intent to strike in June. District officials declined comment until Friday, and union officials did not respond to requests for comment.
While the Pennsylvania Department of Education determines the official end-of-strike date, district officials estimate a first strike would end on Sept. 20. Classes would resume Sept. 23 for the roughly 4,650 students in the district.
The district's 380 teachers are working under terms of a contract that expired on Aug. 15, 2011.