Will Buffalo Public School Teachers finally have a new contract?

Posted at 11:31 AM, Oct 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 11:37:46-04

Teachers working for Buffalo Public Schools have spent years working without a new contract but it appears that could change soon.

This morning 7 Eyewitness News received the following information on current contract negotiations from the school district:

"According to Nathaniel Kuzma, the district's deputy general counsel, we are encouraged by both parties' work at the bargaining table to narrow the issues, and we look forward to continuing that work today."

Officials for the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) were unavailable for comment.  However, the Buffalo News reported that new efforts between Buffalo Public School Superintendent Kriner Cash and BTF President Phil Rumore seem to be a catalyst for the progress.

The major issues facing both sides concern teacher compensation, longer school days and health care cost.

7 Eyewitness News will continue to follow developments to see if a new tentative contract is reached.