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The Lexington Local School District board of education approved new contracts Tuesday with its teachers and support staff members. (Richland Source file photo)

LEXINGTON – The Lexington Teacher Association has stated it remains optimistic a federal mediator can aid in reaching a settlement with the district's board of education.

“LTA members have been working under an expired contract since Aug. 31, 2020, creating an uncertain learning environment for our students who need stability more than ever right now,” said LTA President Patrick Cannon. “Lexington teachers are dedicated professionals who are committed to their students’ success, putting their own health at risk and working many extra hours to meet the needs of all students, whether they are learning in-person or remotely during this COVID-19 pandemic.

"The district must deliver a fair contract so they can continue delivering the high-quality education Lexington students deserve.”

According to the union, the Board of Education’s team declared an impasse on Nov. 12 via email. The Lexington teachers began a “Work to Rule” plan. Under this plan, the teachers will work only their contractual hours.

The union stated a federal mediator met with both sides on Monday, Nov. 23. They are scheduled to meet again on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

As part of the ground rules for the negotiation process, both the LTA and district bargaining teams have agreed not to publicly discuss details of the contract provisions until a contract agreement is reached.

"LTA will continue to bargain in good faith to arrive at an agreement for a fair contract that recruits, retains and respects highly qualified teachers who can provide the best education possible for Lexington’s students," the release stated.

The union stated approximately 72% of the certified teaching staff has been with the Lexington Local School District for at least 10 years.

"It is critical that the district settles now on a fair deal to maintain this level of excellence and dedication for Lexington’s students,” said Roxanne Drueschler, spokesperson for the LTA Contract Action Team.

The Lexington Teachers’ Association Facebook Group can be found at @LTAOhio.

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