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Saucon Valley teachers head back to bargaining table

Last contract expired in June of 2012.

Teachers in one Northampton County school district may be closer to settling a contract after working more than two years without one.

The attorney for teachers in the Saucon Valley School District told 69News the two sides will sit down in bargaining sessions Friday at 7:30 p.m. and again on Monday.

Andrew Muir said, "We've been at this for more than 2 1/2 years. It's time to get things wrapped up."

He said he's optimistic a deal will be reached, but if no new contract is reached, Muir said the teachers have the legal right to strike, "but no one really wants that. There's a lot of pressure to get things settled," he added.

Saucon Valley teachers have been working under an expired contract since June 30, 2012.

The Saucon Valley Education Association represents 185 teachers.

According to the district's website, negotiations were held on July 14 and 24.

A call to Supt. Dr. Sandra Fellin was not returned.

Classes are scheduled to start August 25.

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