South Burlington schools will be closed and school activities will be cancelled beginning tomorrow as teachers appear on the verge of going on strike.
The district announced this afternoon that classes, sports, clubs and all extracurricular activities are indefinitely cancelled. Numerous media reports indicate the teachers, frustrated by months of negotiations that have failed to yield a new contract, plan to walk out.
Vermont Public Radio reported today that teachers made a counteroffer over the weekend, but the South Burlington School Board won't meet to consider it until Thursday.
VPR reported that the board called the union proposal "disrespectful," accusing the union of creating a crisis and setting an "arbitrary deadline."
Multiple media outlets have reported that the district's effort to alter the teachers' health care plan to save money is at the center of the disagreement. Fox 44 reported last week that the school board offered teachers the option of keeping their current health plan, but only if the teachers receive a lower salary increase than they had requested.
The district has roughly 2,400 students enrolled in its five schools.