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New Albany teachers to rally for new contract

New Albany Floyd County teachers are planning to make some noise as they fight for a new contract.  They're holding a rally before Monday night's school board meeting.

This parking lot is where the rally will be held at 6:15 Monday night.  Teachers will hold signs, and they want the administration to listen.

There are bumper stickers and signs saying New Albany-Floyd County teachers deserve a fair contract now.  And Monday night, wearing orange shirts, they'll be taking their signs to protest before the school board meeting.

All the teachers, nearly 750 in the district, have been working without a contract.  Negotiations started last fall.

Carol Mooney of the Indiana State Teachers Association, tells Fox 41's Valerie Chinn negotators spent 90 hours at the bargaining table, with inconclusive results.

The teachers want to lower class size, equalize teacher planning time, and receive a pay raise that's over the state average.

Because they don't have a new contract, teachers have stopped doing extra volunteer work for the after-school activities.

Monday night, teachers are expected to have the ten minutes they asked for to address the school board.

Then, the Administration says, Assistant Superintendent Bill Briscoe is expected to make a statement, but not take any questions.  Both sides are scheduled to go back to the bargaining table on Friday at noon.

The school board meeting is at 7 Monday night.

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