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Teachers share disappointment at CUSD board meeting

CALEXICO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Teachers in Calexico presented a counter proposal at their last negotiations meeting with the Calexico Unified School District (CUSD).

This happened after teachers said that they are ready to strike if that's what it takes to get more money.

The school district met Thursday. They were joined by disappointed parents, teachers and even students. Monica Hernandez a teacher in Calexico said at the meeting, that she has considered teaching at another school.

“My husband has asked me, Monica, do you want to apply to a different school, I have seriously considered this question,“ she said.

The district has offered to give teachers a 6% increase for the years 2017 through 2023. Teachers instead want the years 2017 through 2020 to be addressed and paid for.

“That faculty and staff have to leave because they feel undervalued, unappreciated and disrespected,” Hernandez said.

And ultimately students are paying the price. 11-year-old Mariana Martinez goes to elementary school in Calexico. She is calling on the district to take action.

“The decisions you make can get me close to achieving my dreams or can pull me away from them, if I was your child would you not fight for my future?”

The district did not provide an answer to the counter offer that was presented on Wednesday. News 11's Wiley Jawhary will follow the negotiations as they continue.

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