As of Tuesday, August 22, 2017
GRANGEVILLE After hours and hours of negotiations and several failed attempts at a compromise, Mountain View School District 244 teachers and board members came to a meeting of the minds regarding contracts Aug. 17.
“After a lot of blood, sweat and tears, we came to an agreement,” smiled board chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia.
Clearwater Valley High School teacher and Idaho Education Association President Char McKinney of Clearwater agreed the meetings were tedious and many hours were spent going over details and negotiating.
McKinney let the board know at its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 21, that the contract had been ratified. The board voted unanimously to accept this.
“I believe we came to a reasonable, equitable agreement,” McKinney added.
“It was tough, but I think we all learned a lot,” Dominguez said. “I think there is now a better understanding of where money comes from and where it goes within the district.”
A change in health benefits along with an agreement not to take a step on the pay scale are two areas that changed in the contracts.
“Teachers did take a hit and saved the district money,” Dominguez emphasized. Changes in health care across the nation have caused uncertainty in premium and benefit costs.
Negotiations occur yearly.
For details on teacher contracts, contact the district office at 983-0990.