"The sun is coming out. Talk about your omens." -- Jim Petri, an Education Minnesota representative, as Crosby-Ironton teachers were voting on ratification of the tentative contract settlement.
"I believe the kids will facilitate the healing. We have pretty amazing kids in Crosby." -- Mary Gaviglio, a C-I teacher.
"We may not be on each other's Christmas card list but you have my respect as teachers and educators." -- C-I School Board Chair Scott Kile to union president Stan Nagorski and chief union negotiator Doug Mayfield as the men shook hands Wednesday at a joint news conference.
"I understand Howard Lake-Waverly (School District) holds the record for 58 days. They can have that one." -- Doug Mayfield, a C-I teacher and chief union negotiator. The C-I strike lasted 38 work days.
"Welcome back." -- C-I Superintendent Linda Lawrie as she and board members Bob Sandin and Mary Nelson held the doors to the high school open for returning teachers Wednesday.
"It feels wonderful. It feels like my wedding day or when my kids were born." -- Glee Lundgren, guidance secretary.
"My husband and my God. That's what got me through." -- Janice Johnson, a C-I high school math teacher, of the strike.
"Your rooms are ready. Come on in." -- Cinde Tomson, a C-I teachers' aide, from the second floor of the high school to teachers attending a news conference outside the school.
"Just put a big headline -- 'Amen!'" -- C-I School Board member Therese Norwood.
"We just had a long Christmas vacation. We finished the plant kingdom and tomorrow we start the animal kingdom. We're ready to go." -- C-I teachers' union President Stan Nagorski, when asked how the flow of education would be disrupted.
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