Parents in the Pocono Mountain School District are being warned 2014 may begin with a strike by teachers.
That warning was issued Thursday in a letter to parents from school district superintendent Elizabeth M. Robison.
She said she had just been advised the teachers and professional staff intend to go on strike on Jan. 2.
"I am hopeful that our professional staff will reconsider any type of strike in January or throughout the school year, because a strike is never in the best interest of our students, their families and the entire community," stated the superintendent.
She told parents that on Wednesday night she received a note from the Pocono Mountain Education Association, the union representing district teachers and professional staff, stating the association’s intention to go on strike on January 2.
"Our professional staff contract expired August 31, 2013, and the contract negotiating teams from the Pocono Mountain School Board and the Association have met several times since January 2013 to discuss possible terms and conditions for a new contract," stated Robison in her letter.
"While I am not part of the district negotiation team, I can tell you that no agreement has yet been reached on a new professional staff contract. However, until a new contract is agreed upon by both parties, the conditions and benefits outlined in the previous contract remain in effect for our
"I am encouraged that in his note to me, Mr. [Tom] Brogan, the president of PMEA, commented on the positive direction of the current discussions last week and his hope that discussions would continue to move in a direction leading to a final contract. "