Westlake school board booed out of meeting

Posted at 7:00 AM, May 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 07:00:44-04

Tensions are high over teacher contracts in Westlake as the school board walks out of a meeting and teachers threaten to strike. 

Teachers and their supporters packed the entire room Monday, many holding signs showing how much they've lost in salary cuts over the last few years.

And ended with teachers shouting and booing at school board members. 

The Westlake school board took nearly 15 minutes of public comment like they do at every meeting. But they didn't leave enough time for the teacher's association to present their binding agreement. Instead, they abruptly got up and left.

That's when the booing and shouting started. 

Minutes later, the president of the teacher's association took the stage anyway, reading the agreement. 

"The WTA is united and fully prepared to strike," Patrick McMorrow said in front of the crowd. "But we don't want to strike."

The school board says they have negotiated in good faith and their final offer does include salary raises for teachers. 

Meanwhile, the teacher's union will vote on the proposed contracts on Friday. If rejected, they plan to give a 10 day notice to strike.