HIGHLAND, Ill. (KMOV / AP) -- Teachers in a southwestern Illinois’ Highland School District hit the picket lines, shutting down the schools as part of a labor dispute Thursday morning.
Highland teachers rejected by 139-16 vote the district’s latest contract proposal, setting the stage for Thursday morning's lockout.
All building,s except for the main office, are closed and no school-sponsored activities will be held during the strike.
The strike affects approximately 3,000 students and 175 teachers in the district.
Sutton said both sides met Monday with a federal mediator and exchanged contract proposals, but that fizzled. No other meetings were scheduled.
Highland Education Association President ShiAnne Shively called the developments “very disheartening.”