TUSTIN — Tustin's schools face opening day Monday with the possibility of a teacher strike.
The Tustin Educators Assn., the union for the 424 teachers in the Tustin Unified School District, will meet Thursday afternoon to decide if teachers will boycott opening-day classes because of lack of a formal contract for last year and the current school year.
Maurice Ross, superintendent of Tustin Unified, said Tuesday: "We hope there's no strike, but we're as prepared as we can be. We have plenty of substitutes, and school will open and there will be learning."
If there is a strike Monday, it could extend for several days, said Sandy Banis, president of the union.
Banis, however, stressed that no decision had been reached and that any action must be decided by the mass teachers' meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Tustin. "We already have authorization for a strike," Banis noted. "The teachers gave us that authorization last year."