SEATTLE -

Seattle teachers have voted to reject a contract proposal as the start of classes draws near.

Seattle Education Association President Jonathan Knapp said Monday's vote was nearly unanimous among the more than 1,800 union members at a general membership meeting. They included teachers and other school employees.

In all, the union has about 5,000 members.

The Seattle Times reports that the school district says negotiators from both sides are scheduled to meet again Tuesday. School is set to start Sept. 4.

Current sticking points include the use of test scores in evaluating teachers and whether to add 30 minutes to the workday of elementary school teachers. Also at issue: whether to change the size of caseloads of school employees such as therapists, psychologists and nurses.

The teachers' contract expires Aug. 31.

Superintendent JosT Banda says he's confident the two sides can reach agreement.