Archive for Thursday, July 26, 2007

District, union reach agreement

July 26, 2007

Teachers in De Soto USD 232 will be paid a little more in 2007-08.

The De Soto USD 232 Board of Education approved a contract with the De Soto Teacher's Association July 16 that included a 5 percent pay raise for new teachers and a 5.8 percent pay raise overall for teachers in the district. Teachers with no pervious experience will now make $36,068 a year, district director of operations and planning Jack Deyoe said.

"That keeps us competitive with other Johnson County schools," he said. "We are not at the top, but we are not at the bottom in the county."

Other changes made to the contract include making the language compatible to the family medical leave act and military leave, Deyoe said. In April, the board voted to switch insurance providers moving from United Health Care to Blue Cross Blue Shield

Justin Love, president of DTA, said he was pleased with the outcome of the contract.

"It's one of our better agreements we have had in the last few years," he said.

Love said although he is pleased with this year's outcome he hoped to gain more ground next year.

"There are still some things we would like to do with our leave policy in terms of flexibility," he said. "We also want to make sure teachers have enough time to plan and do the things they need to do."

Both parties said they worked well with each other. That contrast to two neighboring districts, Shawnee and Eudora, in which the teachers and the districts are at impasse, something unheard of in the district.

"I've been here 20 years and can't remember ever going to impasse," Deyoe said.

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