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Mason teachers move closer to striking
MASON, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- Teachers in one of the tri-state's largest school districts move closer toward a strike.
Union members took a vote of no confidence in Mason's Superintendent. The union gave its leadership the authority to issue a ten day strike notice. Teachers say they are troubled by the direction Superintendent Dr. Gail Kist-Kline is taking the district. They cite cuts in classroom support, eliminating educational facilities and academic programs.
The School Board has responded by issues its full support of Dr. Kist-Kline and says they have confidence in her leadership. In a letter from the board it says the district has improved academically and reduced cost.
The talk of a teacher strike though has caught the attention of many parents.
Mason parent, Jennifer Deross, said, "It is a little concerning that there is talk of a strike. Umm, Mason is known to have such excellent education. I don't think, I'm not worried of a strike in the fall I think they'll reach a resolution before then."
Mason teachers are at the end of a two-year contract which included a pay freeze. Union members say talks with the district have reached an impasse.
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