- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

KELSO, Wash. (AP) - Negotiators for teachers and the Kelso School District remain at odds over a contract agreement, leading the district to cancel classes for a seventh day Thursday.

Talks are slated to resume Thursday morning.

A district spokeswoman says they’ve made a new offer to the Kelso Education Association.

Both sides say they’re eager to get kids back into the classroom.

Teachers have voted to stay on strike in defiance of a court order telling them to go back to school. Instead of picketing Wednesday, they performed community service, picking up trash and holding food drives with students.

Teachers and other educators had been working without a contract in Kelso since June 30.

Kelso School District serves more than 4,500 students. Kelso Education Association represents some 300 teachers and other certificated educators.

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