- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - The Medford School District and striking teachers planned to resume talks Saturday.

Teachers in southern Oregon’s largest district walked out Thursday after failing to reach a deal on a new contract. Salary, working conditions and retirement benefits remain sticking points.

District officials have already canceled classes for Monday. If no deal is reached this weekend, the plan is to reopen schools Tuesday with substitute teachers.

The Mail Tribune newspaper reports (https://is.gd/jYZTIH ) the district has hired about 50 security guards.

District Superintendent Phil Long says they will provide 24-hour security to protect property and ensure “mischief doesn’t happen.”

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Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/


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