Medford schools, teachers union reach tentative deal

MEDFORD — The Medford School District and teachers union reached a tentative agreement Friday on a three-year contract after 10 months of bargaining, school officials said.

Negotiations hit a snag last year largely over salary increases and health-insurance benefits. Teachers have been working without a contract for close to nine months.

Medford Education Association spokesperson Cheryl Lashley declined to give details on the settlement until union members have been notified that a deal was reached.

It is now up to the district's 638 teachers and support staff to accept the agreement, Lashley said.

— Chris Conrad

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