A Late Start

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Support staff overwhelmingly decided to strike after they rejected the school boards latest contract offer. The strike could mean that schools may not open on Tuesday for some 7,600 students in the Harlem School District. There may not be any security at school or mechanics to make sure that busses are running safely.

As kids go back to school next week, the Harlem School Board will now have decide how to fill critical positions in the district. Members of their support staff voted behind close doors Saturday morning that they will go on strike Tuesday. The main sticking point in contract negotiations has been a pay freeze that the school board is asking the union to accept.

More that 320 security guards, bus mechanics, janitors and secretaries could be on the picket lines. If school remains open, nobody will be around to ensure the safety of the students. The school board has the final say on whether or not school will be in session. That means that several thousand students will have an extended summer vacation until a contract agreement can be reached.

The school board is expected to address the possible strike at their board meeting on Monday night.