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Kelso teachers unanimously vote to end strike; classes resume Monday

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KELSO, WA (KPTV) -

Striking teachers in Kelso have come to an agreement with the school district and classes will resume Monday.

The Kelso School District announced Sunday that the negotiation process had ended with an agreement in place between the two sides. 

Teachers had been on strike over stalled contract negotiations since Sept. 16.

A judge ruled last week that the strike was illegal and the union must pay $2,000 for every day the teachers remained on strike.

The agreement is still subject to ratification by both sides, but the district announced that classes would resume Monday with a two-hour late start.

The Kelso Education Association unanimously approved the new contract with the district Sunday evening. The school board will vote to ratify at its regularly scheduled meeting Oct. 5.

According to a release Sunday night from the Kelso Education Association, the new two-year contract includes five additional paid days for teachers in 2015-2016, as well as five more in 2016-2017.

"I really want to thank the parents in the community because it was their support that gave us strength," said Sandy DeBruler, a Kelso teacher and spokesperson for the Kelso Teachers Association. "I would see them anywhere in town and they would say, stay strong, I know why you’re doing this, you deserve this."

School had initially been canceled Monday, but a district statement released Sunday said, "However, since an agreement was reached over the weekend, we are excited to get students and all staff back in the classroom as soon as possible."

Revisions to the school calendar have not yet been determined.

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