El Centro Elementary Teachers' Association negotiators met with the El Centro Elementary School District's negotiators Friday in an attempt to reach a contract agreement.
Michael Klentschy, district superintendent, said the negotiators are "positive and are making progress."
He said the teams met at the Uniserve office in Imperial from 10 a.m. to nearly 11 p.m. Friday.
"We feel like there has been movement made," said Bruce Roberts, president of the ECETA.
Added Klentschy: "Both groups were very professional in dealing with the issues.
"Because of the nature of the issues involved, it's a slow process," he said.
Klentschy said the district remains "optimistic and confident" the negotiators will reach a settlement.
Roberts said, "Some progress has been made."
He continued, "The atmosphere was different this time … the conversation was less confrontational, less like a negotiation. Each side was more receptive.