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Impasse hearing is set for Monday

7/30/09 (Thu)

Impasse hearing is set for Monday
By JILL DENNING GACKLE
The Garrison School District is inching closer toward being able to issue teacher contracts for the upcoming school year.
An Education Fact-finding Commission will hear testimony concerning the teacher’s pay schedule at 3 p.m. Monday in the band room of the high school. The meeting is open to the public.
The matter was turned over to the Fact-finding Commission when negotiators declared an impasse June 22.
Teacher contracts were stalled after the school board offered a $2,000-a-year across-the-board increase to teachers and a first-year starting teacher salary of $27,500. The following school year the starting salary would have been $29,500 with a $3,000 a year across-the-board increase.
Teachers rejected the offer because they wanted a 6 percent increase this year and an 8 percent increase next year, a proposal that favors veteran teachers.
There were other issues that the two sides could not agree on, but salary remained the largest issue on the table.