Lawrence teacher negotiations will begin Friday when representatives of the Lawrence school board and the Lawrence Education Assn. reveal which items they would like to discuss this year.
The board and LEA negotiating teams will meet at 4:15 p.m. at the district's service center, 3705 Clinton Pkwy.
Lawrence School Supt. Dan Neuenswander will be the board spokesman. Also on the board negotiating team are board Vice President Barbara Ballard and Bill Wilson, the district's director for human resources.
Sam Rabiola, Lawrence High School English teacher, will be the LEA spokesman. Other members of the LEA negotiating team will be Cheryl Chaput, LHS math teacher; Kim Henrichs, a sixth-grade teacher at Kennedy School; Carol Abrahamson, a third-grade teacher at Hillcrest School; and Valerie Johnson-Powell, a speech and language pathologist.
Under a special agreement, each team last year brought to the table only two items from the teachers' master agreement with the district. The teams also discussed salary and benefits in addition to those items.
But this year, the teams are not limited on the number of items they can discuss. In 1990, negotiators brought more than 25 items to the table.
Rabiola said the negotiators probably will have plenty to talk about before discussing salaries and other money items, which he said are difficult to discuss until the Kansas Legislature makes some decision on school financing.
Neuenswander agreed that with regard to money items, "There'll be no consensus reached on anything until we know what money's available."