Strike continues in Geneva school district; No new talks scheduled

GENEVA, Ill. --  Hundreds of teachers continue to strike in Geneva School District 304.

About 450 employees picketed outside nine schools Tuesday and classes were cancelled for nearly 6,000 students.

The teachers' union and the school board are at odds over pay.

The district is pitching a new pay model with higher compensation for new teachers, and smaller pay increases for veteran teachers.

The union is worried this will hurt retention.

The starting salary in the district is a little more than $40,000 a year. The district currently pays less than the average in Kane County.

The teachers say they just want to get up to the average.

The board says it's being fiscally responsible.

The teachers have been without a contract since August.

No new talks are scheduled.