Dayton Public Schools, teachers union end mediation for day

UPDATE @ 5:13 p.m.

Thursday’s mediation session is over, and no resolution has been reached. A union spokesman declined further comment.

UPDATE @ 9:30 a.m. 

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr will be a part of negotiations Thursday between the district and its teachers union in efforts to avoid a strike.

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“I’m going to stay optimistic that we can reach a settlement, because I know that’s what’s best for Dayton,” Corr said to our crew before entering negotiations.

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“We all want the same thing, there’s no doubt in my mind.”

Corr said she was originally not part of negotiations when a federal mediator was called in.

“I think what we have to offer is very fair to teachers, and they deserve it, because I respect teachers, and I know that my administration team and board of education does as well.” Corr said. “We’re going to do the best we can.”

Corr said she does not believe the notice of the union’s notice of a strike will hurt negotiations between the district and the union.

“Its not going to hurt the spirit of negotiation because you still want the best. We’re going in to negotiate today with good faith. We just need both sides to give and take a little bit, and move forward because that’s what’s best for our kids.”

A spokesperson for the Dayton Education Association was not immediately available for comment.

FIRST REPORT

Dayton Public Schools and its teachers union will meet in mediation today in an effort to avoid a strike.

Dayton Education Association members authorized a strike if a deal is not reached by Aug. 11, just days before the first day of school on Aug. 15.

Negotiations started Jan. 6.