By Katie TancrediMayport, Florida — The Mayport Ellementary Coastal Science Academy (ELSA) was a school for gifted and talented students, but the teacher’s union says that isn’t enough.
Mayport teachers and administrators voted unanimously Thursday to strike in a bid to get the school back on the right track.
“The teachers voted unanimously to strike to protect our children and our community, and to show the rest of the world that our union is here to stay,” said April Hodge, a teacher at the school, according to the Associated Press.
“The teachers are committed to making a difference in our community and the people of Mayport, and we know that’s why we’re here today.”
On Thursday, the union said it will strike at 4 p.m.
ET, but they will be allowed to work as normal until then.
The strike is scheduled to last for a week.
Hodge told WFLA-TV that Mayport will not be back on school grounds until after the strike is over.
“It’s a win for us.
It’s a very exciting day for us,” Hodge said.
“We are excited.
We’ve been working really hard to get here.
It will be a huge win for the district.”
Hodge said the strike was the only way to stop the union from making a deal with the district.
“We are hopeful that we can get a deal done so that we have the same contract that we had in 2010,” Hoebs said.