The Storm Lake Education Association will meet with the board of education tonight to begin the process of collective bargaining toward a collective bargaining salary agreement.
Unlike previous years, Storm Lake will have a reduced allowable growth revenue rate to work with, according to Superintendent Bill Kruse.
After four years of steady increases in student population, on which the funding is based, Storm Lake's student total has declined by 16 students this year, dropping the allowable growth revenue projection from the full 4 percent to 3.12 percent in Storm Lake.
Kruse said the district has tried to trace down a cause for the reduction in students, and found a variety of reasons. After four years of growth, it is not unusual for a district to see a "leveling off" year, and the loss may not have any long-term implication, he said.
Also, while there has been a lot of talk about additional state dollars for teacher compensation pay plans in Iowa, that will not be part of the salary package, Kruse said. "We are supportive of the idea, but we have seen no guarantee of that money," he said. "It will not be a part of the bargaining this year, but there is an anticipation that a plan may occur."
Read the rest of this article in the 12/19 Pilot Tribune.