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East Stroudsburg teachers, school board reach tentative agreement

Classes expected to resume Wednesday

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. - Students in the East Stroudsburg Area School District are expected to head back to class this week, as teachers and the school board have reached a tentative contract agreement.

The East Stroudsburg Education Association (ESEA) voted in favor of a tentative agreement Monday afternoon. 

Late Sunday night, East Stroudsburg Education Association and the school board released a joint statement saying they're pleased to announced they've reached a tentative agreement.

The East Stroudsburg School Board of Directors are expected to vote on the tentative agreement Monday evening at their planned monthly board meeting. 

A union representative would not release details of the deal, but said both sides are happy and it will be affordable for tax payers.

The joint statement says both parties want to ensure that students will return to the classroom by Wednesday, Sept. 19.

“ESEA looks forward to returning to the classroom and doing what we do best: educating our children,” said President of ESEA Ann Catrillo. “We thank the East Stroudsburg community for patience and understanding throughout this process.”

Teachers went on strike and classes were canceled last Monday, hitting the picket lines over issues with health care and salary. They had been working without a contract for two years.

The full statement reads:

It is with pleasure to announce that the East Stroudsburg Education Association and the East Stroudsburg School Board reached a tentative agreement this evening, Sunday, September 16th, 2018.  Both parties anticipate a ratification vote tomorrow, September 17th, 2018.

It is the goal of both parties to ensure that the students return to the classroom by Wednesday, September 19th, 2018.  More importantly, the parties look forward to educating our children.  We thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this process.

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