Thursday, October 11, 2012
Cutbacks, Closures In D300 Board President Warning
District 300 classes began the new school year without a new contract to replace last year's one-year pact with no overall salary increases. Even with a State Board of Education mediator brought in last month, there still isn't one. Hanetho called the latest negotiations Tuesday "non-productive."
Miller's unexpected statement came at the end of a largely ho-hum Board session. Devoid of specifics, it nevertheless sounded an ominous tone. "We remember the difficulty of making cuts, the costs of borrowing, the struggle to pay bills and the cutting of staff," said Miller describing hour the District climbed out of a $28 million hole.
This year's budget, just passed, projects a $1 million surplus but it assumes another year of no teachers' salary increases. "We are hoping to avoid cuts in staff or programs," said Miller, adding, " We would like to keep all of our schools open." That marked the first time even the possibility of closing District schools has surfaced.
D300 posted a copy of Miller's statement to its website this morning, as well a video clip of her delivering it suggesting it contained some sort of important message. The clip's located here: http://youtu.be/fLbiguOTQVY
"Bargaining is compromise on both sides," said Hanetho this morning. "They're looking for concessions only," she said. Comments from from Board and union negotiators indicate class sizes may be the thorniest issue but there appears to be conflict over what teachers think is too many administrators, too.
Another bargaining session's scheduled for Tuesday but Hanetho said LEAD 300 will hold an all-member meeting Sunday to give teachers an update on contract talks and ask what teachers want to do about it.
Coincidentally, the Board earlier Wednesday approved posting a list of District 300 teachers' and administrators' salaries. It's located here: