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Ringgold classes canceled as teachers go on strike

| Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, 5:03 a.m.

Last-minute contract negotiations failed to avert a teacher strike Wednesday morning in the Ringgold School District, officials announced.

The announcement on the Washington County district's website said schools would be closed “until further notice” because of the work stoppage. About 200 teachers represented by the Ringgold Education Association had announced their intention to strike after failing to reach an agreement with the district over 14 months of negotiation and two rejected fact-finder's recommendations. The union contends that Ringgold is the lowest-paid district in the region.

Classes and activities at all four schools are canceled with the exception of varsity sports, according to a letter from Superintendent Karen Polkabla. Students enrolled at the Mon Valley Career and Technical Center will get bus transportation to continue their classes.

Negotiations aren't scheduled to resume until Monday, Tribune-Review news partner WPXI-TV reported.

Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6660, or on Twitter @msantoni.

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