Wednesday, October 24, 2012
D300 Offer To Teachers "Close To $5 Million"
One of D300's negotiators, Stevens estimated a plan to hire 32 new elementary teachers was worth $1.4 million by itself. He said a package including changes in salary, retirement incentives, professional certification and adjustments to health benefits had also been offered.
"In the past two meetings we have moved ahead," said Stevens but not as far as he'd hoped. According to Stevens, LEAD negotiators didn't respond Tuesday to the district's offers nor provide cost estimates for their own counteroffers. "I'm a little disappointed," he said.
Stevens, asked twice where the money would come from to pay for the increases he'd described, said "adjustments" could be made to offset some of the cost adding, "we'll be getting about $3 million more in 3 years from the Sears deal."
In the pic: D300 Board member and teachers' contract negotiator Joe Stevens