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National City teachers reach new deal with district

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NATIONAL CITY (CNS) - A strike planned for Friday by teachers in the National City School District was averted when the two sides agreed on a tentative three-year contract that includes fewer furlough days.

With teachers set for a walkout, a bargaining session that started Thursday morning continued through midnight and resulted in an agreement at 2:30 a.m. Friday, according to both sides.

The proposed contract calls for four unpaid furlough days a year instead of six, and that number could be reduced further if revenues climb in the next two school years.

"We're ready to reduce the number of furlough days if the state restores enough funds for us to be able to do so," said district Superintendent Chris Oram. "We have no choice but to live within our means and keep expenses in line with revenues."

The two sides also agreed to maintain class sizes at 22 students per teacher for grades K-3 and 33-1 for grades 4-6, and to align the academic calendar with that of the Sweetwater Union High School District. The ratios could change in the third year of the deal, depending on the district's finances.

The agreement needs to be ratified by the National City Elementary Teachers Association and the district's governing board.

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