Archive for Thursday, August 18, 2005

Teachers ratify revised contract with district

August 18, 2005

Lansing schoolteachers have ratified a revised contract for the coming school year, now it's up to the Lansing School Board whether to accept it.

The board meets at 6 p.m. Monday in the Lansing Middle School choir room for a special meeting to consider the contract and other issues.

The contract originally had been ratified in May by teachers and accepted by the board in June, but Schools Superintendent Randal Bagby said changes to the agreement were made after the Kansas Legislature increased school funding during a special session completed in July.

The original agreement called for negotiations to be reopened if more funds were appropriated to the district.

Bagby said the changes to the agreement concerned salary and benefits, but he said he could not comment on specific changes until the board approved the agreement. The agreement that was accepted earlier called for an average 4.4 percent salary increase for the district's 120 teachers.

No teachers involved in the renegotiations could be reached for comment.

Bagby did say the renegotiations took just two meetings before a tentative contract was reached.

Also Monday, the board will conduct a hearing in which it will hear opinions from district patrons about the 2005-06 district budget.

Bagby forecasts a drop 2.63-mill drop in the levy. A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in assessed valuation.

The board expects to adopt the budget after the public hearing.

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