The Shaler Area school board met tonight to continue planning for the 2013-14 school year, even as superintendent Wesley Shipley warned of a possible teachers strike in a letter on the district's Web site.
After working for two years without a contract, the Shaler Area Education Association will meet again with the district Aug. 28 to negotiate, authorities said.
A school closure would be announced by the evening of Aug. 30, according to the district, and a strike would begin Sept. 3, when school is set to start.
State education officials would determine the official end-of-strike date, but the district estimates it would be Sept. 20, with students returning to school Monday, Sept. 23.
A negotiation session held Tuesday did not produce a contract.
"Most hang-ups surround healthcare costs, wages and working condition things," association president Melissa Ravas said Wednesday night.
The union had provided notice of a possible strike June 13.
"It's not easy or what anyone wants, but we've been at it for a while without success," she said.
At the meeting, the board also unanimously approved two resignations, one retirement, a change of employment status, rescinded a sabbatical, hired one temporary teacher and one long-term substitute.
Several issues that will be on next week's voting agenda were discussed, but ongoing negotiations with teachers were not mentioned.
Freelance writer Rita Michel contributed. Lexi Belculfine: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.