Teachers Ratify New Contract

3-8 meaMEDFORD, Ore. – After roughly a week of casting and collecting ballots, Medford teachers have officially ratified the agreement that ended the strike.

The final count was performed Friday evening. Representatives of the MEA say it was not unanimous but it was enough to pass the contract.

Those new terms are set to expire June, 2016. Teachers say this gives them plenty of time to focus on teaching and to adjust to new leadership when current superintendent Phil Long leaves at the end of the year.

“For the staff, for the administration, for the board, for whoever that new person is there’s going to be a lot of ‘getting to know you,’” said MEA representative and Instructional Coach Lisa North.

Now that the teachers have ratified the contract, the School Board is set to hold their vote. That’s scheduled during the regular School Board meeting Monday at 7:00. Spokespeople for the board say they expect no issues ratifying on their end.