Archive for Thursday, June 3, 2004

Teachers, district close to reaching agreement

June 3, 2004

The Basehor-Linwood School Board later this month will decide the ultimate fate of an agreement between the district and its teachers.

The two sides have tentatively agreed upon a deal that will yield an overall increase of 5.36 percent for the teachers next year, Don Swartz, the district's executive director of business and facilities, said Tuesday. School district officials accepted the proposal May 24 and the teachers ratified it last week by a vote of 90-1 with two abstentions.

As it stands now, the deal would include a 2 percent salary increase, plus a 1.66 percent increase for insurance and an additional 1.7 percent increase for teachers who will be moving up a step on the salary scale.

Although the deal is not official yet, it may be ratified when the school board meets June 14 to vote on the matter.

Swartz said the negotiation process between the district and the teacher's representatives went smoothly.

"The whole process was very good this year," he said. "It was very congenial and there were no major problems that came up."

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