Eagle Point schools to reopen with substitutes

Bargaining resumes Tuesday while more than 300 employees remain on strike

Eagle Point School District schools will reopen on Monday with substitute teachers in the classrooms after another bargaining session fell flat Thursday night.

A news release from the school district said bargaining will resume Tuesday, with the continued help of a state mediator. Negotiating teams are still at odds over instructional time for high school and middle school teachers and prorated insurance for part-time employees. A tentative agreement has been reached on subcontracting for positions such as bus drivers.

The district will operate two shifts of classes per day, Monday through Thursday, with classes consolidated at fewer schools, according to the district website:

  • Eagle Point High School: Morning session, high school students; afternoon, Eagle Point Middle and White Mountain Middle school students.
  • Hillside Elementary School: Morning session, Hillside students; afternoon, Eagle Rock students.
  • Shady Cove School: Morning session, Shady Cove and Elk Trail students, grades K-5; afternoon, Shady Cove students, grades 6-8.
  • White City Elementary School: Morning session, White City students; afternoon, Mountain View and Lake Creek Learning Center students.

High school students are to report to the gym on Monday morning to pick up their schedules, the district said.

Busing and meal service will be provided. Bus schedules have been posted on the district's website, www.eaglepoint.k12.or.us.

Both the district and the Eagle Point Education Association have been bargaining for the past 14 months. As a result of those stalled negotiations, a strike of more than 300 employees began at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

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