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updated: 9/22/2011 11:13 AM

Still no agreement between Cary teachers and board

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The Cary teachers union and board of education needs yet another meeting to finalize a contract agreement to replace the one imposed on teachers last month.

Negotiating teams from the Cary Elementary District 26 school board and Cary Education Association met Wednesday night but failed to reach an agreement. Both parties had reached a tentative agreement on Aug. 31.

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A release from the teachers union says in two subsequent meetings since the tentative agreement was reached, the board has attempted to make changes to items both sides had agreed upon.

"The teachers continue to come to the negotiation table with an open mind to discuss all unresolved issues," a news release from the teachers union said. "It is difficult to move forward when the board continually demonstrates regressive movement."

Superintendent Brian Coleman said both sides are continuing to work toward an agreement.

"Progress continues to be made between the board and the CEA," Coleman said in an email Thursday. "A number of language items were tentatively agreed to during our meeting last night, with the remaining few language items to be discussed at our next meeting."

The board and union will meet again on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

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