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Lakeville teachers file intent to strike, picket outside school board meeting

The district has more than 12,000 students enrolled

Hundreds of Lakeville educators wearing red assembled near the school district's office Tuesday night, carrying signs reading "Fair Pay = Teachers Stay" and "Worth Every Penny" and cheering as a band of students from both district high schools played upbeat songs.

The gathering, at the corner of County Road 50 and Kenrick Avenue, followed a decision made Tuesday morning: The Lakeville teachers union filed an intent to strike, setting the stage for the potential shutdown of one of the state's largest school districts.

Union officials said the earliest teachers can walk out is May 10, though district officials said that date is May 13. Late last week, 98% of the union's 762 members voted to authorize a strike.


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