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Medford negotiations stall; no agreement reached

Though the day started out hopeful between the Medford School District and its teachers' union that an agreement could be reached to end an eight-day strike, it closed with a stalemate.

"We're still far apart," Superintendent Phil Long said in a press conference called at about 6 p.m.

Medford Education Association President Cheryl Lashley said the district is "so focused" on getting a three-year contract, it's missing the opportunity to settle.

Long said the district's most recent offer is its best proposal so far, but the district needs to see movement from the union.

No date was immediately set for when the two sides would go back to the bargaining table.

-- Sam Wheeler