GREA-G-R Negotiations By Marcy Knaack
March 9, 2012
Thursday afternoon the Gladbrook-Reinbeck Education Association presented their initial proposal to the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School Board. Spokeswoman Nancy Gardner said they are asking for a BA base of $32,750, up from $31,436 in 2011-12. The Schedule B base will remain $4,900 less than the salary schedule base but the GREA would like to open discussion regarding Schedule BB and supplemental pay costs. Their proposal acknowledges a 3.5% decrease in health insurance costs to maintain full single coverage at current levels with the current provider. Gardner said the cost savings is directly related to decisions made by the employees of the District. The total cost of the proposal is $2,770,614, an increase of $134,056 over the current year, representing a 5.08% total package increase. The G-R School Board made their counter proposal following a short closed executive session and proposed an increase of $100 for the base salary to $31,536 and the Schedule B to follow Schedule A by $4,900. The G-R District proposed updating current language to reflect a maximum district expenditure of $495.85/month for a total cost of $249,396. The total package the District proposed is $2,635,959 with the net dollar change to be $40,486 or a 1.54% increase. Supt. Tim Kuehl noted the district has negative $126,000 of new money for fiscal year 2012-13. The District is also interested in discussing assignments in the Schedule B-Extra Activities Provision. Their next meeting will be March 1st at 5:30 p.m. in Reinbeck and is closed to the public.
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