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Teachers and Parents Put the Heat on the East Valley School Board

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EAST VALLEY, Wash-- Emotions ran high as teachers and parents addressed the East Valley School Board Monday night.

The school board listened to public comment tonight, but legally wasn't able to respond to questions or the comments. This led to frustration on both sides of the table. 

Teachers and parents showed up in full force, hoping to put the heat on the East Valley School Board. Teacher contract negotiations have been taking place since last May. Both sides have said they want to settle, but haven't been able to. One side said it's an issue of respect, the other side said it's an issue of funding.

"Well we have two very different views of the district budget and we have pointed out where we think their district budget is incorrect," said Michael Duerre, co-president East Valley Education Association.

"I think that both groups are looking at different numbers and can look at them with a different twist on them," said John Schieche, superintendent East Valley School District.

Now a lawyer from both sides will review the process. They'll look over negotiations so far and make sure both sides have been negotiating in what is known as "good faith."

This process can take up to 60 days. The next negotiation will take place before that time. Both sides are hoping for an agreement come the 25th of this month, when the next negotiation is scheduled to take place.