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Nov 10, 2016 10:51 AM

Officials warn schools could close because of NH bus strike

BELMONT — Shaker Regional School District warns that a possible bus driver strike could shut the schools down.

Superintendent Michael Tursi told the School Board Tuesday night that if there are no buses due to a potential bus driver strike, then there can be no school, the Laconia Daily Sun reported.

READ: School bus drivers threaten to go on strike in NH

Employees of First Student, which provides school buses statewide, have threatened to go on strike due to a breakdown in negotiations between the Teamsters Local 633 union and First Student about retirement-plan funding, business agent Jeffrey Padellaro said.

Superintendent Laura H. Nelson of the Derry Cooperative School District has also sent out a warning to parents about how the potential bus strike would affect student transportation.

READ: Derry schools warn parents to secure transportation amid potential bus driver strike

Nelson told parents that an actual work stoppage order could be very short notice, so it is important for parents to secure transportation for their student(s).

A cooling period of 21 days was instituted by First Student on Oct. 24, which means no action can take place until after that time frame has passed. This period will end on Nov. 15.

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