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Pickets continue for a second day; negotiations resume Saturday

About 500 teachers on strike for the second day picketed outside Medford School District administrative offices, according to an Medford Education Association member keeping tally today at the protest.

The line of energetic picketers stretched for nearly a half mile around the block, with teachers chanting and waving signs at passing automobiles in the rain.

Inside the building, which was secured by hired guards, the buzz of picketers and frequent horn honking by supporters driving past was clearly audible.

Superintendent Phil Long said the district is expected to put forth the first contract proposal when negotiations between the teachers union and district restart at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

"The big day is tomorrow, if we can resolve this contract tomorrow, then we will not have to have kids busing across picket lines," he said "We're committed to trying to resolve this tomorrow."

Long would not reveal how many substitute teachers the district has hired or how many teachers are expected to cross picket lines in the case that no settlement is reached before Tuesday, when school is scheduled to restart.

— Sam Wheeler

Find the Mail Tribune's collected coverage of the Medford teachers strike at www.mailtribune.com/medfordstrike.