But that wasn't the case a few weeks ago, after the school board rejected a Labor Relations Board fact-finding report.
Kris Scritchfield, president of the Chambersburg Area Teachers Association, stopped short of threatening to strike.
The district's 428 teachers, whose contract expired June 30, do have that option, although it hasn't been exercised since 1980.
However, teachers won't take any action before meeting with the board, she said.
So far, the major sticking point over 10 months of negotiations has been salaries.
The school board's last offer was a 10.10 percent pay increase over four years.
Teachers have proposed 14 percent over three years.
The fact-finding report recommended increases of 12.47 percent over four years.
The teachers agreed to that, but the school board did not.
Gayman said that pay hike would likely raise the need for a tax increase.
Teachers say they're only asking for raises comparable to those received by teachers in the county and similar districts across the state.
They argue that Chambersburg school district taxpayers have a lower tax burden than many other school districts in the state, the report says.
The school district contends that tax revenue is declining and money needs to be spent to replace old and overcrowded schools.
Other issues the two sides don't agree on, according to the fact-finding report:
The report recommended raising the deductible from $100 to $200 for individual and from $300 to $600 for families.
- Tuition for college credits. The district questions whether the courses help teachers do a better job and wants to put a $5,000 cap on tuition per teacher.
Teachers maintain the courses are worthwhile.
The report recommends continuing tuition payments while requiring teachers to notify the school board about how many credits they'll be taking so the schools can better budget.
It isn't unusual for contract talks to drag on this long, Gayman and Scritchfield said. Meanwhile, the business of education continues.
"We're doing what we have to do. We're professionals," Scritchfield said.