Strike Looming at East Stroudsburg Area School District

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- Thousands of students could be out of the classroom at East Stroudsburg Area School District at the start of next week if members of the teachers union and the school board cannot come to a contract agreement.

Vicky Ozgun has children in the district.

"Really, I am disappointed with the district not coming to any terms or trying to negotiate with the teachers or give the teachers what they want. The teachers are the foundation for our kids," said Ozgun.

Salaries and health care are the main issues.

The teachers have been working without a contract for the last two years.

At Wednesday night's negotiations meeting, the board increased its final offer of more than $1.5 million to avoid a strike, but it was rejected by the teachers union.

"To me, it shows a lack of willingness to, to show the students within our district that they can negotiate together," said Laura Pride, Smithfield Township.

Some high school students we spoke to say they understand both sides. On one hand, they want their teachers to get what they deserve but on the other they fear a strike will cause a lot of missed school days.

"I just hope they don't do it for too long because that's school time we have to make up and more time we have to be in school. That's more time that the teachers have to be in school," said Emily DelGado, East Stroudsburg High School North Senior.

According to the school board, the teachers union has until Friday at 4 p.m. to accept this final offer.

If the teachers go through with the strike, all classes at East Stroudsburg Area School District will be canceled on Monday until further notice.

5 comments

  • Mickey Slosnick (@slosnick)

    East Stroudsburg teachers have the lowest pay of any district in Monroe or Pike Counties. They voluntarily took a pay freeze for two years in order to help the district, which claimed financial hardship. Then the district refused to give them a fair contract, and the teachers have been working without one for the past 2 years. ESASD is sitting on a $60Million budget surplus, the third largest in the state. Every parent wants the best teachers for their children. The best teachers in the East Stroudsburg Area School District are leaving to find jobs in neighboring school districts where they can get fair pay and benefits. Of course parents are upset that the district isn’t treating the teachers fairly.

    • catman5308@yahoo.com

      they know the pay scale when they take the job, if they didn’t like what was offered, why did they take the job in the first place????

  • catman5308@yahoo.com

    if they truly cared about the education of the children they wouldn’t leave the classroom. you are lucky to be offered a raise, and pay your fair share of healthcare, no one should get it fir free. if you strike, you should lose your job immediately

  • Lance Grach

    What do these teachers want? They don’t want to pay their fair share of healthcare. Well the real world has to pay. I pay 100 bucks every two weeks for mine. Get real teachers. We can’t afford serious increases in taxes . Stop living in a dream world and pay like everyone else. Take whatever raise they give you. I think you won’t be on welfare so grow up!

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