The Storm Lake Community School District made its counter-offer to the Storm Lake Education Association (SLEA) for the collective bargaining agreement for the 2001-2002 school year this week.
The total offer the district is willing to give the teachers, if accepted, is $203,472 or $1,414.61 per full-time teaching employee, an increase of 3.3 percent.
The teacher's association had earlier requested a $565,466 package for an increase of 8.5 percent, including a 3.27 percent boost in base pay.
If the district's offer is not accepted, the two sides will enter negotiations, which may be closed to the public.
The proposal from the district included a change in the way wages are handled for personal days, an increase in insurance and salary payments, and a modification of the impasse procedure.
The teachers' group requested a base salary change from $22,910 to $23,310, and $150 per month that could be used toward insurance costs or taken as pay. It would be an 18 percent increase on single insurance and an additional $1,800 per full-time employee for family insurance.
Read the rest of this article in the 1/06 Pilot Tribune.