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Crowd questions school board about Lowellville teachers talks

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A crowd of teachers and parents packed a Lowellville School Board meeting Wednesday night. 

But, when it came time for public comment, no one immediately spoke.

"I don't know if the teachers are allowed to comment or if they're afraid because they're always afraid of speaking up because they're going to get fired or something written up about them," said one woman in the crowd.  "But I'm concerned about how negotiations are going."

Another woman then joined in with questions. "Is the administration and are the teachers close to reaching an agreement?"  The board president responded, "I can't give you that information."

The board president also explained that because negotiations were ongoing, legally he could not discuss specifics. But did say the teacher's contract ends August 31st and negotiations have been active since April.

Then the conversation continued, discussing what's been heard across the community. "Whether we could talk about it or not," said one woman.  "It's taken this long to settle it. That tells me there is a problem."  She added, "You hear we are hiring people at high prices and this and that, and you're hearing all this stuff and it's upsetting the community."

One Lowellville school board member said, "There is a lot of stuff going on here. But the people that are talking about it, guess what, they're talking to you, they're not talking to us.  If you want the information call us."

Then once the group started speaking, the board voted to extend their limit on public comment from 30 minutes to 60 minutes.

"I think it's unfair for the teachers and unfair for the board for people to argue over questions. I know, we as intelligent people, cannot be discussed in open forum." said one man.

But with school already in session for the year, the hope of parents is negotiations will resolve something soon for the Lowellville teachers.

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