Schools offer only a small increase for teacher pay

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Storm Lake Superintendent of Schools Bill Kruse presented a counter proposal to the Storm Lake Education Association Wednesday as annual teacher pay negotiations get underway.

The district is proposing an total package settlement offer of $118,178 or a 1.57 percent increase for the 2004-05 contract year - a far cry from the 6.6 percent package increase teachers asked for.

The SLEA presented its proposal a week ago, asking for an increase in the base teacher salary to $25,085 for the 2004-05 academic year. The SLEA said that if the district's costs for insurance increase more than 30 percent, they would drop their base salary request slightly. The benefit package teachers propose would cost the district $497,000.

Kruse said the dollars the district is proposing could be used for increased insurance costs or salary, to be negotiated between the association and the district.

If all the dollars were used to move all teachers on the salary schedule, the base salary would increase by $420, to $24,702.

The district would also like to review supplemental pay percentages in the schedule to determine a more equitable payment for hours worked.

Negotiations begin Feb. 4. Closed sessions are anticipated.

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