UPDATED: Medford teachers and district close to a deal

Updated 7:30 p.m. The Medford teachers' strike may be nearing the end.

Medford School District Superintendent Phil Long told media members at about 7 tonight that the district had given the Medford Education Association a final draft of a tentative agreement and that the MEA negotiating team was reviewing it.

“The documents, we think, have been reconciled and we are going to be waiting for them to determine if there are any last glitches,” Long said.

If the agreement is signed tonight, Long said, he expected that teachers would return to the classroom on Monday.

He said no details of the agreement would be released until after it was presented to the MEA members. He said teachers would have several days to review the agreement and to ask questions.

Teachers went on strike Feb. 6. Classes resumed with substitute teachers and half-day schedules on Feb. 11. Issues throughout negotiations included working conditions, early-retirement benefits and salaries.

We will have more information here this evening as it becomes available. For complete strike coverage, see www.mailtribune.com/medfordstrike.

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