With rising health care costs and living expenses, some of the teachers said they and their colleagues have taken second jobs and that their families are suffering financially. Some teachers urged the school board to approve the negotiated contract using money from the Oakley school district's reserve.
District officials said that the reserve is there so that the district can weather this fiscal emergency without layoffs and program cuts. Oakley Superintendent Rick Rogers said that the district should wait on this decision until the state budget situation is more clear to everyone and then the school board can re-examine the agreement.
-- Paula King