YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) –Teachers with Youngstown City Schools are asking for help in negotiating a new contract.

The Youngstown Education Association (YEA) and Youngstown City Schools Board of Education (Board) recently agreed to begin negotiations on the YEA contract on April 20. The current YEA contract expires on June 30.

Members of YEA have voted to authorize its negotiations team to issue a 10-day strike notice to the Board when necessary.

Teachers with the Youngstown City Schools district packed Monday evening’s school board meeting, asking for help in negotiating a new contract.

Nearly 300 teachers filled the East High Library.

Youngstown Education Association spokesman Jim Courim told that he wants negotiations to begin now.

“I also ask the community to stand with us as we work together to help our scholars reach their fullest potential,” Courim said.

The applause after Courim’s request lasted for 20 seconds.

Youngstown School Board President Tiffany Patterson offered the following statement:

We have full confidence in Superintendent [Justin] Jennings and the rest of the team, that they will keep negotiating until an agreement is reached with the best interests in mind of our teachers, scholars, and community members.

Jon Renforth contributed to this report.