SHALER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — In the Shaler Area School District Friday night, the Titans kicked off the new football season with a humiliating loss to Central Catholic, 65-3.

But hours before the game started, the school administration announced that first day of school classes would be canceled because of a threatened strike by the district’s nearly 400 teachers.

School Superintendent Wes Shipley said the announcement of the cancellation was made Friday because of the long holiday weekend.

The next round of contract talks is set for Monday.

If there’s an agreement, school could start up next Wednesday.

At Friday night’s football game, parents expressed disappointment about the looming strike.

“I hope they come to terms, but I support the teachers and love the district,” parent Jennifer Tavitas said.

“My wife’s a teacher, so you know whose side I’m on,” Dan Troppman said. “I just want to see a fair settlement.”

Teachers in Shaler saw their previous contract expire two years ago.

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