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Jamestown school board, teachers continue negotiations

An negotiations meeting between representatives for the Jamestown School Board and Jamestown Education Association is planned for Tuesday, June 8.

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The Jamestown Public School Board and Jamestown Education Association are continuing contract negotiations with the hope of a new two-year contract between the school and teachers by July, according to Roger Haut, chief negotiator for the school board.

"Hopefully, we are not at the end of negotiations," he said. "As long as there is some movement we keep going. Like to be done by July."

The minutes of the June 1 meeting set a negotiations meeting for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at the Jamestown Middle School meeting room. That meeting follows the June 7 school board meeting where the board may decide its "last best offer."

Haut said the school district's financial condition may determine what offer it can make to the teachers.

"The school will be deficit spending," he said. "We need to determine how much the board is willing or able to deficit spend."

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At the June 1 meeting, the Jamestown Education Association proposed a salary increase of 3% in the first year of the contract and 2.5% in the second. Daniella Geisler, chief negotiator for the Jamestown Education Association, could not be reached for comment.

The negotiation process has also included a discussion of the district's share of the contribution to the health insurance fund.

According to the minutes of the June 1 negotiations meeting, the school board proposed a $700 pay raise in year one and a $300 increase in year two at a cost to the district of $379,000 over the two years of the contract. Haut said pay increases of $500 per year each year of the two-year contract had been offered as well.

"Negotiations are going good, but we're still a long way apart," Haut said. "I hope we can get going and avoid an impasse."

The 2019 agreement, reached in September after the school year started, provided an $800 per year pay increase in the first year of the contract and $1,300 increase in the second year.

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