Archive for Friday, July 27, 2012

Teachers, district reach tentative deal on pay

July 27, 2012


Lawrence school district and its teachers union announced on Friday they have reached a tentative agreement on a contract that would contribute $1.6 million for new teacher salaries.

Kyle Hayden, assistant superintendent for business and operations, said he was glad a new contract could be in place before the start of the next school year.

“That’s a positive for everybody,” he said.

Hayden said the district found additional money for teacher raises while completing the required budget documents for publication. An adjusted special education state aid calculation resulted in $250,000 in unanticipated new revenue for the district, he said.

Teachers are paid based on a pay schedule that provides more money both for teachers with more education and for teachers with more years of service, up to a maximum amount.

The two sides had reached an impasse when the district’s negotiating team stuck to its offer to increase each level on the schedule by $1,000, and the union stayed behind its offer that would have increased each level by $1,500.

Under the new compromise, each salary level would increase by $1,200. David Reber, a Free State High School science teacher, served as lead negotiator for the teachers.

“We were pleased that the board was able to essentially bridge that gap from where we were before,” Reber said. “We didn’t feel like we could do 100 percent of the moving.”

He said getting to more than $1,000 per level was important because more than half of the union’s membership had already reached the maximum amount of money for years of service.

During the previous year, district officials had granted teachers a $1,000 one-time payment to augment their salaries, and because that went away this year, a $1,000 raise would be equivalent to keeping the same salary, Reber said.

The contract is still subject to approval by the school board and the union’s membership. Reber said the union was still formulating a plan for when and how to conduct the election.

The Lawrence school board is scheduled to vote on the contract at its Aug. 13 meeting.

— Higher education reporter Andy Hyland can be reached at 832-6388. Follow him at


David Holroyd 5 years, 8 months ago

And the local taxpayers incomes decrease. Now what?

Jeff Plinsky 5 years, 8 months ago

Wilbur, repeat after me..."the tax dollars are already collected, the negotiation was over how to spend them. Spending them on teacher salaries means that teachers (who are also tax payers) will spend that money at local businesses (like your own). If teacher salaries had gone unchanged, the money would likely have been left in the school district's reserve account, and not injected into the Lawrence economy." Keep repeating this until you remember it. There will be a test . . . .

Lori Nation 5 years, 8 months ago

Now you teachers need to actually work for the students. They also need to get rid of that excuse for leaving work early dismissal Wednesdays. Oh and start dressing professional when we were in school I remember suits, dress clothes. Not beach wear and flip flops.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

And they used to be allowed to beat kids up on a whim-- ah, for the good ole' days, Irish.

eric1889 5 years, 8 months ago

I highly doubt teachers are wearing beach wear and flip flops in the classroom. Unless of course it's beach day in which everyone is dressed for the beach. If you want teachers in suits, you may ask for even a larger salary increase. They already have to pay for school supplies, because of our underfunded school system.

Deb Engstrom 5 years, 8 months ago

I can tell you've never been a teacher and probably haven't been in a school lately. Teachers can be professional no matter what they wear and having preparation and collaboration time is part of the professionalism.

Elaine Elliott 5 years, 8 months ago

High heeled shoes make you a better teacher? Those poor PE teachers.

Elaine Elliott 5 years, 8 months ago

Oh the teachers don't leave on Wednesday early dismissal, the students do. I know it's very confusing, but the teachers are at the school longer hours than the students. They are contracted to be there for 8 whole hours, like most other jobs. Except most are there longer and still do work at home. Grade 150, five-page research papers, time yourself and then add that to the workday, oh and do it in a suit and high heels so people will believe you work hard.

JGr 5 years, 8 months ago

It would be nice if the public understood that early dismissal on Wednesday is only for the students. Staff members are still working the same amount of time as Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. This is time for staff to collaborate and improve instruction for the students.

conservative 5 years, 8 months ago

No it would be nice if the teachers understood this point. There are many who leave school shortly after the students do on these days.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

You know this how? Do you sit and observe every school and every teacher every Wednesday? Or are you just throwing crap against the wall because you hate teachers (and anyone else whose salary is funded through taxes?)

Elaine Elliott 5 years, 8 months ago

Do you typically lie for no reason or is it just about this?

Sue McDaniel 5 years, 8 months ago

But the fact remains none of the rest of us got raises, MANY got nothing or were let go, so this works out how?

Brad Greenwood 5 years, 8 months ago

No one got raises? No one... anywhere... got raises? Really? Or is it just that they never report individual raises in the paper like they do teacher and other public services raises. Oh, and the raise you all complain about comes to about 16.67 per month over last years salary. That'll just about cover half of my normal classroom expenses that come out of my own pocket.

chootspa 5 years, 8 months ago

It did't remove all the water in the boat with a single bucket, so obviously we should stop bailing.

parrothead8 5 years, 8 months ago

My wife and I got raises. Maybe we're just better at our jobs than you are at yours.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 8 months ago

How about some tax relief. Everytime the public sector or tax funded places get a raise, the working stiffs take a pay cut to pay for it.

Things need to change.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

Since 2009, 93% of all increases in income have gone to the top 1%.

There's plenty of money out there. But you're just too clueless to know where it really is.

KSManimal 5 years, 8 months ago

You aren't paying attention, can't-have-it. Or more likely you're just ignoring the facts because they don't fit your rhetoric.

This teacher contract WILL NOT raise anyone's taxes. The debate was over money the district ALREADY HAS, but was choosing to bank rather than investing in teacher salaries.

If the district did NOT add these dollars to teacher salaries, the money would SIT IDLE in the bank; and therefore NOT circulate through the local economy. Now that some of that money will go towards increased teacher salaries, it will thus be SPENT by the 900+ teachers who earn it, and it will thus be ADDED to the local economy.

And how about some tax relief, you say? Perhaps you didn't read the papers earlier, when they reported about how the local school board will slightly decrease the local mill levy:

Or maybe you didn't understand that "mill levy" means "tax"....kinda sounds like it could mean that raised area along the river down by Bowersock Mills......

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 8 months ago

Neither of you two understand. You see, competent people do not play from behind. By allocating these resources to salaries, they in effect are looking to see the bottom of their sock. When that sock gets empty, they come to the taxpayer and scream that they need money for the kids. It is a huge circle of waste and misdirection...egged on my the many dogooders that live in this regressive city.

If we played from in front, that is have the funds in place that generate interest instead of debt, we would be worlds ahead. I guess that is why so many of the whiners like you guys don't have anything and never will. Go ahead and live your miserable lives, I will live mine and have the things I need because I choose to play from in front.

Mike Edson 5 years, 8 months ago

There is a good amount of misunderstanding going on here. When the teachers get a raise the classified and administrative staff also get the same percentage of a raise. They also get to have the same benefit package as the teachers.

As for teachers dressing professionally, they run the gamut. I have seen teachers at LPS in ties and I have seen them in shorts and flip flops. I guess it depends on what you teach. My belief is that flip flops are never appropriate footwear for work. You have to dress the part of authority if you are to teach and influence the students.

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 8 months ago

The actual difference between pay this coming year and pay last year is $16.67 per month or .55 cents per day. Based upon an average high school teachers load, that comes out to just over 1/3 of a cent extra per student, per day. What a bunch of greedy teachers!

mdab1609 5 years, 8 months ago

It is unfortunate that the teachers in the teachers union are not demonstrating the same amounts of passion and energy in their teachings as they are in their union work and negotiations. If they were I am sure that the need for time killers such as free-time, coloring, and the copious use of outdated videos would decrease significantly.

deec 5 years, 8 months ago

It is unfortunate that the school district would rather spend millions on fancy playgrounds for high schoolers than replacing outdated videos.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 8 months ago

If taxpayers had their way....

Would you favor a sales tax increase to provide more money for Lawrence teacher salaries?

Yes was 80% of those who voted for a number of 4,204 votes. The total number of votes cast was extraordinarily high.

Teacher Salary Support

independent_rebel 5 years, 8 months ago

If taxpayers had their way...the SLT would have already been built. Now, we voted for the SLT, but you and your ilk have postponed, blocked, ranted, and raved to keep it from being built.

But we the people voted for the SLT, just like we the people voted for your precious empTy and the ridiculous library renovation. You can't pick and chose which taxpayer-voted projects you like and dislike if you keep using "let the taxpayers vote" argument.

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