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Sharon school teachers authorize strike if necessary

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There were heated moments in Sharon Monday night, as the school board narrowly rejected the most recently proposed contract between the district and it's teachers.

The contract was recommended by a third-party fact finder and, if approved, would have earmarked and laid out specific details of daily preparation time for teachers.

The contract would have also given salary and compensation increases above what was offered in an original tentative agreement that was rejected by the teacher's union.

Parents, students and teachers spoke in support of the contract.

"Right now, I am very disappointed in the nine people in front of me because the biggest threat to the well rounded education is the board," said one woman.

"You could ask anybody in this room, they're not here for the money. They're here to teach our kids and to make them into better citizens," said another young woman.
The Board President expressed feelings that the fact-finder wasn't 100% accurate in it's findings.

"You came up with additional planning period which the fact-finder says didn't have any monetary baring, it would cost $143-thousand to implement that planning period," said Board President Melvin Bandzak.

Much of the meeting consisted of questions and clarifications, as well as some heated moments.

"Unfortunately between social media and the media, things have been half truths or untruths," said Superintendent Michael Calla.

Ultimately, the board narrowly rejected the proposed contract in a vote of 5-4.

Union leaders say they will now return to the negotiating table but, tell 21 News the union has given their team the right to authorize a strike, if they see fit.

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