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Students meet with D60 superintendent on second day of teacher strike

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Teachers, paraprofessionals and community members say they feel they have the momentum on the second day of the District 60 strike.

They're hopeful district administrators are hearing their message.

"I want to go back to school," a special needs student yelled at their rally outside of the administration building on Tuesday. 

District 60 administrators and the teachers union, still at odds.

So on Tuesday, the students stepped forward. 

"We told her that we want the strike to end as soon as possible so that we can get back to school," Peyton Roth, a senior at Central High School said.

As teachers rallied outside, student council representatives from all four high schools met with Superintendent Charlotte Macaluso inside.

"We're all different schools, at times we have our rivalries, but at this time we were able to come together and go in," Savanna Aragon, a senior at South High School said.

They're asking for a better relationship between administrators and their teachers and an end to this strike.

"I think that something needs to be done and hopefully by us speaking out and speaking up will motivate the district to make the changes necessary," Roth said.

District officials say no further offers have been made yet but they want to find common ground soon.

"Big picture here, we want to find somehow, someway to reach a resolution here, the offer that was made on Friday is still the only offer that is on the table at this time," Dalton Sprouse, a spokesman for Pueblo City Schools said.

But for now, the teachers union is not backing down from their initial requests, including a two percent cost of living raise this year.

"I'm going to make a request that we go back to the table hopefully tomorrow that we at least reopen the discussions," Suzanne Ethredge, President of the Pueblo Education Association said.

Planning to picket the administration building Wednesday morning at 7:15 a.m. before marching down Main Street for a rally at Mineral Palace Park.

"I am totally optimistic about this week," Ethredge said.

In addition to most pre-school programs, with the exception of Franklin and Bessemer, Haaff Elementary School will reopen on Wednesday.

Centennial, Central, East and South will also be open to APEX students.

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