Published: May 15. 2012 4:00AM PST
Spanish teacher Sarah Sievert, left, mans the picket line with other teachers as students arrive at Eagle Point High School in Eagle Point on Monday. With employees striking, the school district resumed classes Monday, with substitute teachers crossing picket lines. The district said 55 union members had returned to work.
About 2,250 students were assigned to attend classes in the morning and 1,369 attended, according to the school district. It said buses ran into problems: one breakdown, a late arrival and a street’s worth of students missed.
The strike began May 8, and classes were canceled last week. Bargaining is expected to resume today. Class sizes and health insurance are at issue.
The Medford-area district has 328 employees, including 186 teachers, and about 4,100 students. The district says it will focus on core academics and provide meals, transportation and special education during the strike. Athletics and graduation remain on schedule.
Jamie Lusch / The Mail Tribune (Medford)