Teachers employed by the Imperial County Office of Education presented their concerns to the county school board at its meeting Tuesday after an impasse was declared Friday over certificated employees' contract negotiations.
Teachers from the Office of Education carried signs that read "Children first" and "We teach the hard to reach."
The school board met in closed session to discuss the impasse and negotiations. No action was taken.
An impasse is declared when the negotiating parties cannot reach a satisfactory resolution. The Office of Education has filed with the Public Employment Relations Board, which will appoint a state mediator to help achieve a resolution.
The declaration of impasse came after negotiators were unable to reach an agreement regarding the percentage increase to the salary schedule and proposed additional work days for the teachers.
Denise Smith, human resource director and a member of the negotiating team representing the Office of Education, said the additional work days would be for staff and teacher development.