HIGHLAND, Ill. (KMOV.com) – The Highland School District is preparing for a teacher’s strike which is set to begin Thursday morning. The district has notified parents, and the buildings will be closed along with school activities.
The strike will not end until teachers and the district can come to a new contract agreement. Parents are concerned how their children will spend the days, following months of summer vacation.
“He’s probably just going to play on the computer the entire time. He’s a sophomore in high school, so he doesn’t have a need for someone to watch him, but what will the kids do?” said mother Terry Walter.
Only 15 teachers in the district voted to accept Highland’s one-year offer, which included a $500 stipend. Union officials said more than 90 percent of the teachers are in favor of a strike.
“Negotiations should be figured out before school starts. Don’t use the kids. Regardless of what they say, it’s for the kids. The kids are the ones who are hurting here,” added Walter.
The strikes are also having an effect on district sports teams. All teams are forced to reschedule and in some cases, forfeit games.
Union officials said they will picket outside Highland Schools starting at 8 a.m. Thursday. Strikes will continue until an agreement is met.