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Neshaminy School Teachers Set Sunday Night Walkout Deadline

(Neshaminy High School, in file photo.)

(Neshaminy High School, in file photo.)

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By David Madden

LANGHORNE, Pa. (CBS) — Teachers in the Neshaminy School District are ready to hit the picket lines again, first thing Monday morning.

If you’re saying to yourself, “haven’t I heard this story before?” You’d be right. Teachers have been without a contract for four years now.

The union walked out for eight days in January (see related story). The last time the union went on strike was in January of 1981.

Talks with the district Thursday night were brief, and went nowhere. But union head Louise Boyd is continuing to hope for a deal.

“The negotiating team has offered to meet and do whatever we need to do till Sunday evening to see if we can avert a strike. They were not interested in discussing anything further,” she told KYW Newsradio Friday morning.

The school board has steadfastly maintained that taxpayers cannot afford to give the teachers what they want. An arbitrator offered a nonbinding proposal the union accepted with reservations, but the board declined.

Some 9,000 kids could be idled for up to two weeks.