Meeting #35 lasted 3 hours, 5 minutes. The two parties did not meet face-to-face but instead the mediator acted as a go-between.
After confirming it could not accept the NFT’s recent proposal, the Board proposed to accept the NFT’s requested health plan of choice, Customized PC-20/30/70, provided the NFT members contribute 15% toward their premiums. The board also proposed to pay column movement (education credits, not retro pay) bringing the certified staff up-to-date. With the estimated cost of compensating the younger teachers to be $2 million, the Board would use savings from insurance contributions to subsidize this added expense.
The Board is continuing to negotiate from its 7/18/11 proposal and is using that as the basis for its ongoing negotiations.
Once again the NFT has questions regarding cost projections. The mediator will meet with finance representatives from both groups to qualify the numbers.
No new meeting has been set at this time but one will be scheduled following the meeting between the mediator and the finance representatives.