ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. - Students in the Ellwood City Area School District will have classes Tuesday after a tentative contract agreement was reached Monday night between teachers and the district.
“There will be no strike. We have reached a tentative agreement. School as planned for tomorrow,” a message posted on the district’s Twitter page said.
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The Ellwood Area Education Association announced last week their intent to strike if an agreement wasn’t reached.
Negotiations had been ongoing since January. A meeting on the Columbus Day holiday prevented the strike, which would have started Tuesday.
Superintendent Joseph Mancini released the following statement:
“Focusing on the needs of the students and community, the EAEA and Ellwood City Area School Board are pleased to announce that they have reached a tentative agreement in principal. The parties are going to collectively work on a ratification document that each side is prepared to recommend for approval. We would like to thank the educational community for being patient during these negotiations and thank the negotiating teams for their time and effort in reaching a tentative agreement. The parties are hopeful that this agreement will allow us to return our focus solely on educating students in the Ellwood City Community.”
Hang-ups for a new contract reportedly included salary, benefits and early retirement. Teachers are currently working under a deal that expired in June.
A last-minute deal was also reached in 2006, when teachers in the district last threatened to strike, The Associated Press reported.