Before mediation, teachers staged roadside demonstrations, encouraging community support.
A banner they displayed read, “Support Education, Support Teachers, 3.11.14.”
Teachers have struggled to get a deal for several years.
Three years ago, mediation failed to produce a new contract.
Two years ago, a deal was reached, but too late to get on the ballot for Town Meeting. An effort by teachers to put money aside in anticipation of a contract saw the budget rejected by voters.
This year, voters rejected a three-year deal for teachers.
Both sides remained positive through the latest round of talks.
Teachers stressed they didn’t want to do anything to distract from students getting an education. School Board members praised teachers for their conduct.