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Teacher strike closes Medford schools Thursday, Friday and Monday
Thursday, February 06, 2014

Dear Parents and Community Members,
 
The teachers union went on strike this morning, effective at 6 a.m. This is a sad day for me personally, and I understand how frustrating this must be for our parents and the community at large.
 
Effectively, the strike will require us to close schools today, Friday and Monday as we engage and train substitute teachers to reopen schools Tuesday.
 
This was a moment we've worked diligently to avoid over many months of negotiations, and particularly over the last two days. Our negotiating team did not sleep last night as we wrestled with numbers and various scenarios that we hoped would meet our students' long-term needs and still satisfy teachers.
 
You have heard, and will continue to hear, a lot of rhetoric about the negotiations. Without pointing fingers, some of the statements you will hear and read will be exaggerated or simply untrue. Emotions are running high, and that is going to lead to misunderstandings.
 
Our goal as a District will be to provide you accurate and timely information as we work through this strike. We will be negotiating again beginning Saturday, the earliest day we could meet again with a state mediator.
 
We need and appreciate your continued support as we seek an agreement that best serves Medford's students.
 
Thank you,
Phil Long, Superintendent
Medford School District 549C
 



549C Medford School District

Medford School District 549C Mission Statement
We are a high quality teaching and learning organization dedicated to preparing all students to graduate with a sound educational foundation, ready to succeed in post-secondary education, and to be contributing community members.

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