Ottawa Township High School Board president George Hupp said he could not comment at 3 p.m. Sunday on the board's response to a counter proposal from the striking teachers' union.

After Ottawa School Board forwarded a proposal through a mediator to the union on Friday afternoon, members of the striking Ottawa Township High School Education Association reviewed it and later sent an offer back to the board.

The board and teachers have had just four negotiation sessions during the more than three-week-long strike.

After developments last week, on Tuesday, Oct. 20, the Ottawa High Web site carried a key statement generated by the board.

The board at the time indicated it would not be responsible for the board to agree to a demand for arbitration because the "potential long-term implications to the taxpayers and to the students, if programs or teachers must be cut to afford an arbitrator's award, are a risk this board will not take. Again, we urge the teachers' negotiating team to permit the teachers to vote on this board's last offer or to make a reasonable salary proposal while returning the students to school."

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