Teacher-district negotiators meet again March 8
In ongoing salary talks, Lake Tahoe Unified School District negotiators are preparing a counterproposal in response to a Feb. 18 offer from the South Tahoe Educators Association. The two sides meet again March 3.
Per mediator David Gilb’s request, details of the teachers’ proposal are being kept hush-hush.
LeAnne Kankel, a member of the district’s negotiating team, said she was not at liberty to discuss mediation in depth.
“I really can’t comment on it because the mediator has asked us to keep the discussions inside mediation,” Kankel said. “About all I can (say) is we met last Friday and are considering a counterproposal and we will be meeting on March 3.”
The teachers offered a proposal to the district but no agreement was reached, according to STEA President Mike Patterson.
“We presented our proposal to the district and they looked at it for several hours,” Patterson said. “Then they had some questions for us that we answered. The mediator is going to come back up on March 3 and it’s my understanding that the district is going to present a counterproposal.”
Gilb requested that the STEA’s proposal stay out of public eye for the time being, according to Patterson.
“I would like to (provide) a copy of our proposal but I’ve been asked not to make it public by the mediator,” Patterson said. “We spent a lot of time putting together this proposal and we had halfway anticipated it would be accepted by the district.”
Patterson said he hopes the March 3 mediation session will resolve negotiations.
“We really hope to wrap this up,” Patterson said. “We’ve been almost two years without a contract and that’s too long.”
According to the district, the teachers are working under the terms and conditions of their prior contract.
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