PUEBLO - The unions rejected the second offer from District 60 in Pueblo Friday afternoon. Now, all schools in the district will be closed Monday.
That second offer included:
1. A one time $1,000 stipend, which is twice the amount of the first offer.
2. A 2.25 percent cost of living increase that will start with the next school year, which is the same as the first offer.
3. An extra $50 per month per employee for health insurance. That's $20 more than the first offer.
The announcement from the school district comes after the Pueblo Education Association said it will begin striking over teacher pay.
"We regret to inform you that all schools in Pueblo City Schools will be closed starting Monday, May 7 in response to a strike declared by the teacher and paraprofessional associations," D60 spokesman Dalton Sprouse said in a statement. "At this time we are unaware how long this school closure will need to remain in place. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this strike may cause your family. We are disappointed that we are in this situation, however the safety of our students is our top priority."
The school district's goal is resume class as soon as possible, Sprouse said.
During the closure, there will free lunches available to kids from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the following locations:
Minnequa Elementary School
Morton Elementary School
Belmont Elementary School
Eva R Baca Elementary School
Beulah Heights Elementary.
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The president of the teacher's union, Suzanne Ethredge, said the strike is a last resort.
"We are willing to get this contract settled at any time to prevent that from happening," she told Gazette news partner KKTV.