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Educators Propose Salary Increase

April 12, 2012
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

Educators in the Emmetsburg Community School District are looking for salary increase for the upcoming year. The annual salary negotiation process involving the Emmetsburg Education Association and the Emmetsburg Community School District have begun once again.

The two sides met last Wednesday for their initial exchange of proposals. For the educators, Andrea Accola-Sabin and Kelly Josephson made their presentation requesting a boost to both the base salary and supplemental salary schedules of $800. The requested increase would make the base salary for a teacher $28,239 and the supplemental base salary $27,738.

Along with the salary increase, the education association proposed that the district continue to pay the premium for single health insurance, with a $1,000 deductible, for full-time employees. This request would represent an increase of .18 percent.

Additionally, the educators requested a change to contract language concerning Career Increments for longevity pay after one year on the top step of any level on the salary schedule.

The total package as proposed by the Education Association would total 5.52 percent, or $180,752.

Superintendent John Joynt presented the district's counter offer, which called for no increase to the base salary, but for advancement of instructors on the salary schedule for one year of experience or any educational advancements The district also proposed to pay the cost of the single coverage for health insurance at the $1,000 deductible level, for an increase of .18 percent. Also, the district proposed to pay the six percent employer's share of IPERS, counting that contribution as part of the district's salary package.

Contract language dealing with Teacher Salary Supplemental funds from the state was also addressed, featuring a distribution on a monthly basis to instructors, with five percent being temporarily retained by the district for adjustments to full-time equivalency of staff and contract lane adjustments. After such adjustments are made, the district would distribute the balance of the five percent retainage in May.

The counter offer of the school district would total 1.99 percent, or $70,185.69.

The two entities will continue their negotiations in private, under the regulations prescribed by the Code of Iowa for Employee Collective Bargaining.



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