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Union says D60 not ready to negotiate until Saturday

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Thursday marks day 4 of the D60 teacher strike in Pueblo. Teachers said Wednesday that they hoped to reach a resolution with the district before the weekend, but it's looking like that may not happen.

Representatives for the teachers told News 5 they had planned on attending a school board work session at two p.m. Thursday, but according to the D60 website, that session has been canceled. A spokesperson was unable to comment on why the meeting was canceled.

According to the teacher's union, D60 administrators told them they are unable to meet until Saturday at the earliest. 

In response, D60 spokesman Dalton Sprouse says, "what we're working n now is an opportunity for the bargaining teams to come together.. now this is very different to the one-on-one meetings we've already had."

He added that time is needed to coordinate everyone's schedule for these talks and states by law the district is required to give proper notice to all parties involved.

Upon learning of a possible full week of school closures, Pueblo Education Association President, Suzanne Ethredge had this to say. "That's incredibly frustrating because it shows again the lack of prioritization of this issue. There have 1,000 people out for three days now and they seems to just be dragging their feet.

Teachers will be picketing throughout Pueblo again Thursday morning. They plan to rally at the D60 administration building from noon to 2 p.m.

Their will be no changes Thursday for students, as Pueblo City Schools continues to assess staff participation at individual schools. They said they are updating individual school communities with messages specific to each school location.

With the exception of Bessemer and Franklin, all preschool programs in the district will continue to be open. Paragon High School's blended learning program will also remain open. APEX online courses will be open to high school students as well. Haaff Elementary is open to all students, including preschool and K-5 programs. 

Pueblo City Schools will continue to provide free lunches for students from 11:30 to 12:30 at the following locations:

Baca Elementary School

Belmont Elementary School

Beulah Heights Elementary School

Minnequa Elementary School

Morton Elementary School

Risley International Academy of Innovation

Rawlings Library

Pete Jimenez Park

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