This morning we expect to see hundreds of Mason educators picketing in front of the district's administration building at 9:30 a.m.
The Mason teachers union voted last Thursday to allow its leaders to call for a strike if the progress of contract talks doesn't move forward.
The Mason Education Association, which represents 650 educators, has been negotiating a new employment contract since April. Mason teachers say they're not only concerned about money and benefits but also concerned about cuts to academic programs and facilities.
The union also declared a "no confidence" position in superintendent Gail Kist-Kline.
The district meanwhile says it's hopeful that negotiations will continue during the summer months, and a contract settlement will be reached before the beginning of the school year.
According to school board members, Dr. Kist-Kline was hired following a levy failure, and asked to lead during a time of economic challenge that required the district to improve efficiency and make difficult decisions.
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