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Administrators and teachers in the Reynolds district are back at the bargaining table Wednesday. Teachers are in their third day on the picket lines.

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Union leaders and administrators differ on policy issues -- from teacher planning time to classroom safety. Administrators say they've backed off some changes. The union says issues remain. On finances, teacher Shane Pluchos says the union wants to meet the district's budget number.

Pluchos said, "Our most recent offer is under the $4 million that the district asked us to get under."

Reynolds superintendent Joyce Henstrand says that limit is for a contract through June 2014. The union's offer would end a year before that. Henstrand says that would set the district up for higher costs.

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Henstrand said, "Our calculations are somewhere in the neighborhood of nine million dollars over the three years, counting this year, and then the next two."

But the district has proposed re-opening the contract early, if Reynolds schools have less money than anticipated.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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