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Kelso Schools cancel classes for Wednesday ahead of possible strike

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KELSO, WA (KPTV) -

Glenn Gelbrich, the superintendent of the Kelso School District, notified parents that classes would be canceled Wednesday after a vote by the Kelso Education Association to strike Monday night.

Gelbrich stated in the note to parents that schools will not be open to the public, but a lunch will be provided for students at Wallace, Catlin           and Barnes Elementary Schools at 12:00 p.m. The students will have to pick up and take home their lunches, and no staff will be on site.

According to the notice, school-based athletic practices and events will be held at regularly scheduled times, and the district would provide “adequate supervision” to keep students safe.

Gelbrich asked parents for patience as the district tried to resolve the issues with its teachers.

We understand that this time of conflict is both difficult and challenging. We ask for your patience as we work to resolve this labor issue. Nothing would make our school board or me happier than to keep students in the classroom learning and thriving. The Kelso School District remains committed to paying teachers a competitive salary while effectively managing its other fiscal responsibilities. We deeply value our teachers and hope that any work stoppage will be brief.

The key issues concerning the Kelso teachers are pay and workloads. Teachers have been working without a contract since June.

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