Eagle Point Teacher Strike Scheduled

, Posted: Wed, April 25 2012 at 6:39 PM, Updated: Wed, April 25 2012 at 7:31 PM

"I'm pretty worried. I mean, our kids need to go to school," said Jasin Owen, a father of two students who attend school in the Eagle Point School District.

The Eagle Point School District and The Eagle Point Education Association can't seem to come to a compromise.

"But I mean, you gotta be fair and look at both sides of the story," said Owen.

The two parties can't agree on teacher preparation time, cost of living increases, healthcare premiums, job security among other items.

The disagreement led the employees union to approve a strike against the district on Tuesday.

Human Resource Director Michael Remich said, "'we were extremely disappointed....but after about 13 to 14 hours both teams were exhausted."

"If the district forces us to strike it will impact our students and our 3 communities and we take it very seriously, " said Dave Carrell, President of the Eagle Point Employee Association.

A strike could leave the four thousand student school district without teachers in the classroom,

Now, officials are forced to plan for the worse.

"In terms of the potential impact, we're studying all of that and we'll make some final decisions," said Remich.

A strike is scheduled to take place on May 8th but officials say a strike can be avoided if both sides come to a compromise.

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