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Teacher contract talks continue in Grandview

Superintendent details contract talk proposals for school board

GRANDVIEW - During Monday night's Grandview School Board meeting, Superintendent Kevin Chase provided an update on contract negotiations that are still ongoing.

He told board members that "several items agreed upon" for teachers' contracts include an increase from $12.50 per month above the state's insurance payment to $15 per month, an increase in prep time pay for teachers from $25 compensation to $30, and paid supplemental hours at a per diem for special education teachers to write individualized educational programs and conduct individualized educational program meetings up to 24 hours, depending on case load.

He listed several more items that have been agreed upon by the district and Grandview Education Association before telling the board what issues remain to be resolved.

Chase told the board that the district has proposed to have a committee develop a new long form for evaluations. The short evaluation form will remain the same, according to the proposal.

Language for preparation time is proposed to change to include preschool teachers. Also proposed in the language would be at least 225 minutes of preparation time per five-day week for 6th through 12th grade teachers.

The class size issue remains in that the district proposes a maximum of 168 students per day for grades 6 through 12 based on a seven-period day and a maximum of 155 students per day based on a six-period day. However, the language also proposes that the number of students per class not exceed 32 students, and an elementary specialist is to be provided when a regular classroom teacher is being paid for overload, with all overload pay to begin Oct. 1 instead of Oct. 15.

Chase said the union and school district are scheduled to meet again Sunday, Oct. 14, to continue work on the issues still not agreed upon.

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