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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 24, 2014

Deal means nine teachers will keep their jobs

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL | Apr 20, 2010

    Washington Community Schools Superintendent David Sextro announced today that the school district and the Washington Education Association have reached a tentative agreement that will allow nine teachers who were pink-slipped earlier this month to remain with the district.

    Sextro declined to release details of the agreement, except to say it includes lowering the teachers’ insurance policies to what he said was “more in line with the rest of the staff.” He also said there was a modification of the teachers’ STEP program.

    “With this settlement all nine teachers will be called back,” he said.

    The teachers will ratify the agreement before it goes to the school board for approval. Sextro believes the board will vote on it during a special meeting on April 28.

    Sextro said the negotiations had gone well. The teachers had initially asked for a 4.3 percent pay increase, while the district had offered no pay increase. Sextro cited an 11.5 percent cut in state funding as the reason the district couldn’t afford to give the teachers pay increases. He said the pink slips were given because the district is required, by contract, to inform teachers if they aren’t returning the next school year by April 30. He said the teachers could be called back if the agreement had been reached.

For more, see our April 21 print edition.

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