As of 10 pm Tuesday, teachers and the school board were still swapping proposals.
After 2 years without a contract, teachers picketed at a meeting Monday. They presenting financial figures to convince the district they could afford a 1% retroactive raise for last year and a 1 1/2% raise for this year.
Monday, they were behind closed doors--with a state mediator and a former superintendent facilitating--discussing a contract.
Bill Tennant, school board president, referenced the pressure. "We just have to get it done--we just have to."
"We're certainly hopeful," said St. Johns teachers association VP Bob Sackrider."
Both sides say they were making progress Monday night, and were hopeful there would be a contract agreement.