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Forum News Service, Published August 27 2013

Valley City School District to start school without teacher contracts in place

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – School here will start without teacher contracts in place.

Mediators have been called in to help the school board and teachers association here agree on a budget.

A spokeswoman for the Education Association said teachers’ frustration stems from the board finalizing a school budget in the midst of negotiations.

Superintendent Dean Koppelman said the school board has agreed to disagree with the education association, a group made up of teachers.

He said the concerns regard contract language, salary and insurance.

Kathy Lentz, a spokeswoman for the Valley City Education Association said the board did not try to negotiate with the teacher group.

Lentz told WDAY-TV that the board approved a final budget midway through negotiations.