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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

September 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

With strike averted, Seattle schools start on schedule

Parents, students and teachers in Seattle may not have known until about 8 last night whether school would start today, but classes seemed to get under way without a hitch across the city — including at Muir Elementary, where Superintendent Jose Banda visited, talking a little about the contract vote but more about a new art program.

Muir had held an open house on Tuesday afternoon, just before the city’s teachers met downtown to decide whether to accept a tentative agreement for a new two-year contract. Parents and children went home still wondering what might happen, including a strike.

Principal Awnie Thompson told them to listen to the news.

Parent Christine Johnson said she and her second-grade son returned from out-of-town Monday and found three messages from the school district on their answering machine. The first one – for parents to prepare for a possible strike – made her heart sink. But the third held good news – the district and the union had reached a tentative settlement.

When the final call came Tuesday night, saying teachers had voted to approve a new contract, Johnson and many other parents said they were relieved and happy

At Muir this morning, the biggest problem was that the bells had not been adjusted for the school-year schedule, so they didn’t ring at the right times. Thompson said that meant school staff would have to ring them manually today.

“If that’s as bad as it gets,” she said, “we’re good.”

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