Eagle Point schools prepare for teachers' strike

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EAGLE POINT, Ore. (AP) -- The Eagle Point School District is planning to hire substitute teachers if the teachers' union goes ahead with a threatened strike on Tuesday.

The school board gave Superintendent Cynda Rickert permission Wednesday to hire substitutes and to offer incentive pay to employees who choose not to strike.

The Mail Tribune reports (http://is.gd/CAb41a ) the district has started advertising on Craigslist for "emergency guest teachers."

The school board also voted Wednesday to close schools Monday and Tuesday to prepare for a strike. Negotiators will meet Monday in hope of reaching a last-minute agreement on a new contract.

The school board has said it plans to continue classes and keep graduation plans on track for seniors.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/