Southwest Licking Teachers Rally in Support of Fair Contract


Members of the Southwest Licking teachers union are trying to iron out a contract with the school board. 

A spokesman for the union said the teachers have been without a contract for nine days. 

Wednesday, roughly 100 teachers and community members lined State Route 310 near the district’s administration building with signs encouraging passing drivers to honk in support of the teachers. 

A spokesman for the Southwest Licking Education Association said the union has been negotiating with school board members since spring and they are still without a contract.  10TV learned that there are still approximately 19 sticking points that the union and board can’t agree on. 

Some of the big issues include class sizes, conditions of the buildings and the role standardized testing will play. 

Union spokesman John Jarvis said, “With all the new testing the state's rolled out, how that is going to play into our evaluation, and hiring teachers, firing teachers. It's important, and it's really an untested test at this point, and we have concerns about how that is going to be handled “

10TV did reach out to the school board, but the school board president said board members won’t discuss the contract while negotiations are underway.