Nov 23, 2021 12:47 PM

Board tables contract vote because teachers vote not finished

Posted Nov 23, 2021 12:47 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The voting on the ratification of the contract between USD 308 and its teachers had not been completed in time for action from the USD 308 Board of Education Monday night, so the board tabled that item to their next meeting on December 13.

The original vote was due to take place last week, but not enough members had been available to vote last Friday and an effort to get the vote done on Monday was not successful.

The two sides recently came together on a new contract after declaring an impasse during negotiations. At that time a mediator was brought in to try and bring the two sides closer together.

Key items in the agreement are an increase to the base pay and funding step and column movement for teachers. An additional step was added to some of the columns to fund movement for teachers who were frozen on the wage scale.

Also in the agreement, it includes a $750 one time premium pay to teachers this year. Once approved, the additional compensation would be prorated through the rest of the contract year.