Teachers in the Highland School District have filed an "intent to strike" notice. The Highland Education Association rejected the latest contract offer from the Highland School District and filed the intent notice last Thursday. A spokeswoman for the group said the district had no excuse not to offer the teachers a reasonable pay increase.
HEA President ShiAnne Shively said in a statement the district had a surplus of nearly $2.9 million in the education fund, and saved $484-thousand in salaries due to teacher retirements. Shively said there was no reason the district could not provide a reasonable offer to the union members. The union says the district offer denied teachers the experience step and also reduced health care benefits and so the membership overwhelmingly voted against it. A strike could take place as early as mid-December.