The Washougal Association of Educators and Washougal School District are still in negotiations on a new teachers contract as the district nears the start of a new school year. The current contract expires Thursday.The two sides met with a professional mediator from the Public Employment Relations Commission on Wednesday after initial talks stalled. The Washougal Association of Educators is focused on professional compensation, insurance premiums, professional development and elementary school classrooms split between grades.The two sides started meeting in June. At a school board meeting last Tuesday, teachers and supporters filled the district office meeting room. Many teachers spoke.Hillary Marshall, library media specialist at Washougal High School, said she’s proud of the district’s vision of technology, but she’s been looking for work elsewhere because she’s frustrated with her salary.Pam Ausman, a special education teacher at Jemtegaard Middle School, read a letter from a former district teacher who moved to another district. The letter writer said he or she didn’t feel respected in Washougal, and the district didn’t offer competitive TRI pay, or money paid to teachers for work they do planning lessons and grading papers outside of the regular school day.