Harlem School District Teachers Vote Down Contract

MACHESNEY PARK (WIFR) -- It's been a fairly breezy negotiation season for teachers in Stateline school districts. But Monday night things turned more murky for the Harlem School District.

Union members met behind closed doors for nearly two hours before voting down the contract.

Union leaders wouldn't give us any specifics on the contract saying only that the numbers just didn't add up.

There are more than 400 teachers in the district that serve 11 schools and they had a chance to voice their concerns with the contract.

Bill Dredge is a teacher at Harlem High School and part of the negotiating team says talks between them and the district have been good, but they're just not on the same page yet.

"The issues are finical which they are for just about all the school districts, and they're tough. So we have some more serious discussions to have and we'll have them," Dredge said.

Dredge didn't tell us when negotiations would continue, only that they hope it will be soon.

And for parents who are worried about a possible delay to the start of the school year. Union reps say school will start on time this fall, even if an agreement isn't reached.

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