Bartlesville board approves April 2nd walkout

Posted at 7:59 PM, Mar 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-12 22:13:36-04

Bartlesville School Board members are voting tonight on a plan to authorize the district superintendent to suspend school on April 2nd.

The board said if the legislature fails to act by the April 2nd deadline, the superintendent would have the authority to suspend classes, allowing teachers to strike.

"I greatly appreciate the support of the board to support our staff and like I’ve said earlier and I’ll continue to say this… We want to be in school on April 2nd period,” said Chuck McCauley, Bartlesville Schools Superintendent.

Bartlesville Eduction Association President Heather Boyle said her members are prepared to walkout for at least a week.

Parents who spoke with 2 Works For You said they fully support the teachers walking out if needed.

”It’s great to see so many people in the community that were here tonight and the applause whenever the board approved their plans, so we hope that it doesn't come to a suspension, but if it does we are here to support that,” said Michal Linblom, a Bartlesville parent.

“I would say that we as Bartlesville are doing an amazing job of gathering together the community and really creating some support and there’s a lot of organizations who are behind it.  So, I think our kids will be fine. There’s a lot of logistics to work through, but we can do it,” said Cathy Riner, a Bartlesville parent.

The district presented its own legislative package for teacher pay raises and generating revenue.

LINK to legislative proposal from Bartlesville Board of Education:

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