Both sides were cautiously hopeful as the latest round of talks between the El Centro Elementary School District and El Centro Elementary Teachers Association opened today.
"We're hopeful it will be resolved tomorrow," said Board of Trustees President Ron Hull in an interview Tuesday.
The two sides have been meeting intermittently for the past 18 months to negotiate a new contract for teachers. Talks were expected to start this morning.
While headway has been made at past negotiation sessions, the two major sticking points yet to be worked out as of this morning involve contract language regarding teacher duties beyond the regular school day and salary increases.
"We have high hopes because we feel we have to," said ECETA President Bruce Roberts. "We want it to work so much we feel it has to.