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Teachers and the Akron Public Schools are set to vote on a new labor contract.
The Akron school board looked at an independent fact-finder's report behind closed doors, during executive session at a special board meeting late Thursday afternoon.
Teachers, members of the Akron Education Association, are scheduled to vote on the report on Sunday night. The school board is expected to do the same at its regular Monday night meeting.
That meeting which could also see action on the possible dismissal of Firestone High School teacher David Spondike, who had a termination hearing last week and has taken responsibility for racist posts on his Facebook account.
Both sides have the report of the independent mediator, but haven't released it to the public.
Akron teachers have been working under an expired labor agreement for the last 18 months while they've fought for things like binding arbitration and fringe benefits. Some of the sticking points for the school board include salaries and health insurance.
AkronNewsNow.com's Edward L. Esposito and Jasen Sokol contributed to this report.
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