Medford School District & Teachers Met in a Public Forum to Field Questions
A panel consisting of representatives from the Medford School District and the Medford Education Association met to field questions from the public about a possible teachers strike in the near future.
The teachers union was represented by Wally Quiel, a South High math teacher, and Bridget McMillen, at title I coordinator for Jefferson elementary. Superintendent Phil Long and Board member Sally Killen represented the District.
Questions were submitted by the public and read by a union representative and addressed prep time, caseloads, compensation, retirement, and a possible strike.
January 17th the two sides exchanged proposals and the bargaining session ended with the District asking the Association to present its latest offer to union members. The teachers will meet Thursday night to vote on whether to accept the proposal or to take a “job action.”
Depending on the union’s action Thursday, both sides will return to the bargaining table January 28th.
Tuesday night both sides expressed optimism a strike could be averted.