Christina Kemp contributed to this report.
After intense negotiation still no deal between the Portland Public School District and the Teachers Union.
The Portland Association of Teachers says it has figured out a way to reduce class size and teacher workload. PAT President Gwen Sullivan says those two issues have been major sticking points and it can be solved by hiring 175 new teachers. The union has provided the district with a formula to accomplish that.
Superintendent Carole Smith says both sides are working hard to settle the 3 year contract negotiations.
“Our offer stands. So we believe we have a really reasonable offer on the table.”
The district is waiting to get a new proposal from the union. Sullivan says she’s not sure where things will go from here.
“I know that we will continue to work. We will see what happens next.”
There are no talks planned in the next few days. The union President say they’re prepared to meet tomorrow and Saturday on a new contract if needed.