Representatives of the Medford teachers union confirmed late Friday night that they had reached a tentative agreement with the Medford School District after a 16-day-long strike.
The Medford Education Association announcement came at about 10:25 p.m. Reports of a possible settlement had been swirling about for much of the day Friday and were given a boost at about 7 p.m., when Superintendent Phil Long told the Mail Tribune that the district had given the Medford Education Association a final draft of a tentative agreement.
"The documents, we think, have been reconciled and we are going to be waiting for them to determine if there are any last glitches," Long said.
Then the waiting began, as MEA representatives pored over the draft agreement to ensure there were no surprises.
Long said if the agreement were signed, he expected that Medford teachers would return to the classroom on Monday.
He said no details of the agreement would be released until after it was presented to the MEA members. He said teachers would have several days to review the agreement and to ask questions.
Teachers went on strike Feb. 6. Classes resumed with substitute teachers and half-day schedules on Feb. 11. Issues throughout negotiations included working conditions, early-retirement benefits, insurance payments and salaries.
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