By Grant Bissell
Edwardsville, IL (KSDK) - Teachers in the Edwardsville School District are preparing for a possible strike. But not before making another effort to continue contract negotiations with the district's school board.
On Monday night around 100 teachers and parents picketed outside Woodland Elementary School on State Route 157. They held signs they hoped would educate the community on where they stand with stalled talks.
Both sides have been at an impasse for weeks. Dave Boedeker, co-president of the Edwardsville Education Association, says despite some claims this contract dispute is not just about money.
While the teachers are asking for a raise and the district is proposing a temporary freeze, teachers say this is more about class size. They're worried classes will continue to grow and teachers will not be given the resources or help to keep up.
Parents also reached out to NewsChannel 5 echoing the same concerns about class size.
Teachers and parents addressed the school board during Monday night's meeting in hopes of getting both sides back to the bargaining table.
The first day the teachers could walk out is August 24th, but they have not yet set a strike date. They're optimistic a deal can still be reached.
District superintendent, Dr. Ed Hightower said despite the picket, teachers will report to work on Tuesday and school will start as scheduled on Wednesday.
He added that the board has made its last, best and final offer to the teachers.