Negotiations continued today between Durham School Services and the local bus driversí union, but a deal still has not been reached.

Charleston and Dorchester 2 schools hired Durham to employ its drivers and manage its bus routes, and the driversí union, Teamsters Local 509, is seeking a new employment contract.

The union has been trying to reach a deal with the company since last summer, and better pay is the big issue. Drivers in both districts have authorized their leadership to call a strike.

Dorchester 2 school officials released a statement today saying their negotiations continued without any final decisions being made. The school district has been assured by Durham that contingency plans in case of a strike are in the works.

Charleston school officials also are working on alternative transportation options for students.