Substitutes prepare for class Tuesday; Teachers and students uneasy

, Posted: Sun, February 9 2014 at 6:42 PM, Updated: Sun, February 9 2014 at 11:01 PM

Medford, Ore. -- Buses were loaded with hundreds of substitute teachers Sunday. Student, Pascal-Jumeax Brasseaur and teachers rallied around the school district to see who will be filling in starting Tuesday.

Superintendent, Phil Long said, "We plan on having academic learning occur this next week. That's our goal every week, we've had three days of interruption by the strike. At this point we need kids back on task."

Long said they met the Medford Education Association Saturday for 13 hours, trying to bargain but still no agreement was made.

"Our focus now is to orient the teachers and support the start of the school on Tuesday."

Medford teachers have voiced their frustrations over substitutes taking over the classrooms. Brasseur who's a Junior at South Medford said the subs are making him feel uneasy.

"It's like my main concern actually I'm in like A.P. classes and I'm not sure how it's going to affect my grades and stuff like that." 

But dr. long says subs are prepared. He even thanked some teachers who helped in making sure their classrooms will function without them.

"We had some of our  teachers leave us pretty detailed lesson plans and I really admire that professional response." 

Brasseaur said he just hopes this will end soon.

"I  hope this can be solved soon and quickly and that the teachers get what they deserve."

Teachers said they do too.

"We want the board to get back on the table and bargain now," said North Medford High teacher Nance Louise.

Dr. Long said the next bargaining session is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.


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