By: Diane Benjamin
One Public Comment was given at the last School Board meeting by the mom of a bullied student who was punished for defending himself. See 30:55 https://vimeo.com/event/3579210
When the Unit 5 School Board approved contracts on July 19th there was NO DISCUSSION. No recap for the public – nothing. Various Board members made comments at the end of the meeting praising the process.
Expired teacher’s contract:
Taxpayers had no representation in negotiations since every school board candidate the union wanted was elected last April. Two board members recused themselves from the vote because of conflicts of interest.
Did you know “virtual learning” is in the contract? It was in the old contract too.
Also in both contracts:
PDF page 87 in both contracts: ISU waives tuition for graduate study. Unit 5 pays pays employees during internships:
So, taxpayers pay for graduate education (ISU) and internships which results in the employee receiving a higher salary because of the higher education level.
I did a very informal poll yesterday on Facebook. I asked if employers paid 100% of the health insurance costs for just the employee. The responses ranged from laughing to one person who said his private company paid 100% of FAMILY insurance. All of the other responses of 100% paid were employed by various levels of government. (That would be you paying!)
Below are the schedules for Unit 5 which does pay 100% – from both contracts:
The cost increased almost 30% in 7 years!
The salary schedules are on PDF page 88 of the new contract. There was no “across the board” increase. The percent increase is highest in the final year of the contract. WGLT printed specifics, I’m pretty sure they got their information directly from Unit 5. https://www.wglt.org/local-news/2023-07-20/unit-5-board-oks-new-contracts-staff-returns-with-better-pay