Board counters Jan. 25
The rate of the next insurance premium increase will likely determine the amount of the base salary for starting teachers at Storm Lake Community School District next year.
In a proposal laid on the table by teacher representatives Wednesday, the requested base salary for 2005-06 would be $25,013 based on a 20 percent insurance increase. If insurance jumps 30 percent, the base salary would be $24,720.
Both figures are part of a package proposal that would cost the district an additional $465,900, or a 6 percent increase overall.
A 20 percent insurance increase would cost $169,025 while a 30 percent insurance increase would cost $253,538. If insurance increases are held to 20 percent, the remaining $296,873 of the package proposal would go toward salary, FICA, and IPERS increases. A 30 percent insurance increase would leave $212,548 for increases in salary, FICA, and IPERS.
A 20 percent insurance increase would allow a 4.3 percent salary increase under the teachers' proposal while a 30 percent increase would limit the salary increase to 3.08 percent.
Superintendent Bill Kruse said he hopes the district and teaching staff can agree on any basic numbers before proceeding with mediation.
Rick Scheidel, chief negotiator for certified staff, said insurance and wages are the primary issues for negotiation with other issues remaining the same as they are presently.
Attorney Steve Avery is representative for the district while Mora Zinn of Milford, UniServ director, represents certified staff.
Kruse said the district will ask for bids for insurance. The district's counteroffer is expected on Jan. 25.