WARREN, Pa. – Schools in the Warren County School District are closed until further notice as 380 teachers took to the picket line Thursday.
All 380 teachers picked one of seven locations to picket including Warren, Scheffield and Youngsville high schools, Eisenhower and Beaty middle schools along with Warren Elementary and the Central Office
The school board president said the last offer would increase average annual teacher salary from $54,000 to $61,000, but the association walked away from that offer and no other meetings were planned.
Teachers said they just want a fair and equitable contract school, while administration officials say they’ll do their best to accommodate the students when it comes to extra curricular activities during the strike.
“Although we’re not able to hold classes because there are no teachers to do that in most cases, we can provide sporting opportunities because coaches are not teachers and we will have a homecoming dance because chaperones are not teachers,” Warren superintendent Amy Stewart said.
Teachers said they will remain on the picket lines until they can sit back down at the negotiating table.
“Let’s get some dates set and let’s get things done so we can get our students back in the school where they belong,” sixth-grade teacher Matt Madigan said.
Until then, students are out of class until this strike can be resolved.
State law dictates that students must attend 180 days so these lost days must be made up