489 and Hays NEA Still at Odds
Still no agreement about salaries or pay raises for teachers in USD 489.
Negotiation groups for the Hays school district and the Hays NEA met late Tuesday afternoon.
The board of education is offering to add $160,00 to the salary schedule, according to superintendent Will Roth. Hays NEA representative Kim Schneweis says the district has saved $446,000 by not filling vacant teaching positions. The teachers union wants $450,000 dollars added for returning staff. School board president Greg Schwarz says there is not enough money for that.
The negotiating teams did tentatively agree to revise the Hays High School schedule, with teachers conducting six classes and students attending seven classes in the previous 90-minute block schedule. That schedule won’t be approved until the both sides agree on a new contract.
The 2012-13 contract remains in effect.
The groups will meet again August 6 at 4:30p.m.