Sheldon School Board Offers Contract Counter-Proposal

Date posted - January 31, 2012

The Sheldon Community Schools Board of Education has responded to last week’s contract offer from the Sheldon Education Association, the union representing the district’s teachers.

The union’s original proposal asked for a 6.14% total package increase for the 2012-2013 school year, including a state-mandated increase of 0.06% in the District’s contribution to the IPERS pension fund, and an $800 increase in the base salary from the current level of $37,033 to $37,833. Spears tells us that the district’s health insurance premiums have increased thirty-plus percent in each of the past two years, and that the union proposal calls for a $2,000 increase in the district’s portion of insurance costs, from $6,589 to $8.589 in the upcoming year.

The District’s counter-proposal offers a 2.5% total package increase comprised of an increase in the base teacher salary and/or an increase in the District’s contribution to the employee’s health insurance premium.

The exact amount of the breakdown between salary and health insurance premiums would be determined once the actual insurance premium costs for the 2012-2013 school year are known.  In addition, the District wants to add a couple of professional development work days to the teacher’s schedules.

Once the union has time to review the District’s offer, the two sides will proceed toward negotiating the final contract.

Reported by Tom Traughber

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