District Training Strike Substitutes

UpdateMEDFORD, Ore. — District officials brought the substitutes in on busses, gearing up for students this week.  The next time the teams will be back at the talking table is also Tuesday,  but that will only be a brief call to the mediator, who is currently back in Salem.

Representatives from the Medford School District said the main focus right now is getting students back into the classroom, and that means getting substitutes prepared today.  Some teachers on strike are frustrated by this.

“They’re spending time and money that could be spent at the bargaining table, and instead they are training out of town workers and drug testing them to get them ready to go into classrooms… when teachers would be back their themselves if the board would come back to the table and move towards a fair settlement,” said Lisa North with the Medford Education Association.

“We have come every time to the table… we’ve tried to move where we can to balance the offer to achieve the goals of the association to the extent we can afford… we’ve put all of our money on the table, and there really is no more money… it’s just how to we invest it,” said Dr. Phil Long, Superintendent, Medford School District.

The District recently released the new bus schedules. Click here for more information.


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  1. Ryan Navickas says:

    What bankruptcy of leadership in the district management has led us into this deep conflict? Rather than doing the labor of finding compromise, the school board and finely dressed administrators have opted to hire unproven substitutes from outside our community to babysit our kids’ classrooms. Our teachers are aching to return to the students to whom they have committed so much of their passion for teaching, yet are left out on the streets, forced to picket for fair wages. I hope my kids will have the courage of the teachers, who continue to exemplify leadership through the strike, to fight for fair employment, and equality in education.

  2. Kristen Robinson says:

    Ryan you have very eloquently put into words what we as a family are feeling. It is not until parents step up and pressure the district that our voices will truly be heard. It is a true travesty that things have gone this far. Through tears of sadness yet determination we stood by our teachers today echoing not only their sentiments but hope to be back in the classrooms soon!

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