Sebring teacher, district talks will continue

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Contract negotiations between teachers in Sebring and school administrators continued Monday afternoon and after four hours of talks, no contract had been reached and no further negotiations have been set.

It was the fifth time negotiations have taken place. The previous contract for the 40 members of the Sebring Local Education Association expired Aug. 31. Negotiating teams met twice in June and twice previously in September.

SLEA spokeswoman Heidi Shepherd said Monday night she was not allowed to release more information about the negotiations.

Much of the talks center around contract language regarding sick time, personal days and reassignment. Union members said they would like clarification on those items in the new contract.

A representative with the Ohio Education Association said even if an agreement is reached, it still must be voted on by the union and the Board of Education, so no details of the contract would be released tonight.

Sebring Local Schools will ask voters to approve a 6.7-mill levy at the polls in November. There has been no property tax increase passed in Sebring since 1990.

A bargaining session on Sept. 11 lasted several hours and some progress was made.

A rally was held last week outside the Sebring school board meeting in support of the teachers.

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