Lakota teachers avoid strike

By Dan Wells - bio | email

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - The Lakota Teachers Union has avoided a strike after a deal was reached in the early morning hours.

The union and district went into the meeting right after school on Wednesday, and at 12:30 a.m. Thursday morning - almost 10 hours later - an agreement was reached.

Teachers had threatened to strike on Thursday if a deal wasn't worked out.

The education of 18,000 students hung in the balance. Ads were already out for substitute teachers.

But after six months of talks with the district and the Lakota Education Association, a tentative agreement was reached.

The 1,200 union members have been working without a contract since Aug. 31. But now both sides say they are happy about the deal.

Details on the agreement have not been released, and both sides still have to vote to approve the contract.