Teachers and District Negotiators Meet Today

nea“I think it will a short meeting,” Kathy Wagoner, Hays High School teacher and Hays NEA bargaining co-chairwoman told Hays Post of today’s meeting with USD 489’s bargaining team.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at the Board Room at Rockwell Administration Center, 323 W. 12th. “We are going to pick up where we left off last time,” said Wagoner. “We’ll discuss Insurance language, and the most important issue, the Hays High Schedule.

During the recently completed school year, Hays High teachers had six classes instead of five in a block schedule. Despite budget issues, they want to go back to what they’ve done in the past.

“I don’t have the full list of items we might discuss,” said Wagoner. “We will try to do a win/win. If something comes up we are willing to talk about it. However, we are not ready to talk salary, yet.”

Today’s meeting is scheduled to last until 6 p.m.

  • Uncle Thomas

    “Win/Win”…is there another cliché we can use. How often is there a win/win in union negotiations?

  • Kathy Wagoner

    Okay, a few words are missing in this article. First of all, I did not know that I was being interviewed. I “stupidly” thought that the person was asking me questions to prepare for the meeting today. He identified himself as Eagle Communications and said that he had called KNEA to find out some information about when negotiations were occurring. Lesson learned. The individual asked me what were the big items or most important items to be discussed tomorrow. Knowing that we already had a “tentative agreement” on insurance, and the other items that we will be discussing will take more than one meeting, I commented that creating the “tentative agreement” over the Hays High schedule would be the big one today. I also know what is on the list, but I did not want to share with someone over the phone whom I did not know. Next time, I will ask if the call is a formal interview.

    • too much corporate power

      maybe ask if your comments are for the record or for background information?

      interesting that the articles are published under the generic “Hays Post” byline, not under the authors’ names.

  • Uncle Thomas

    Interesting that you have no more sense then to make comments to an unknown party over the telephone. Accept responsibility for your actions…dog gone Hays Post is misleading and, and,…it is not fair. Oh heavens no wonder our students have difficulty with life.

  • Uncle Thomas

    If you want a WIN! Hire a professional negotiator…would be well worth the members $$$.