The Storm Lake Education Association presented their initial salary proposal for the master contract 2006-07 at a special meeting Tuesday.
Spokesman Rick Scheidel told Superintendent Dr. Paul Tedesco that the proposal is based on a work year of 193 days, including six holidays, same as the current year's.
Only two areas of the current contract were addressed.
The SLEA would like to see the addition of "adoption leave" added to the leave of absence section. The concern was brought up that there is no time allotment if an employee adopts a child. The SLEA is proposing the inclusion of up to 15 days leave be granted, deducted from the individual's sick leave.
A proposal to increase the base salary by $1,401, up to $26,075, is being asked based on insurance increases.
The Association costs this package at $653,884 or an 8.08 percent increase to the district. If the insurance increases by the same amount as it did last year, 16 percent, the cost for all employees to be covered would cost the district $244,627 with the remaining $409,257 consisting of salary, FICA and IPERS.
The Association asks that they reserve the right to move dollars within the package, which may result in an increase in base salary, if insurance costs come in lower than projected.
"We try to come out with the best proposal for the teachers and what we think they (school board) can afford to pay," said Scheidel. "It's a matter of give and take. We're not adversarial."
The new proposal is higher than the one made last year at this time, Scheidel said, because it is a realization that there will be a more state money coming into the district due to this year's enrollment increase.
The board of education is expected to give its response to the proposal in a second meeting with the SLEA on Jan. 17. Typically, the two sides then enter negotiations in additional closed session meetings.
Serving on the negotiation committee this year besides Scheidel are Kelli Anderson, Dave Skibsted, Jolene Manzey, Ron Netten, Barb Seiler, Marcella Koth, Mike Prach, Connie Salas and Jen Tovar.