We want to try to take care of everyone the best that we can, Jake Smulkowski, vice president of the teachers union and lead negotiator, told the crowd of about 20 teachers and community members who showed up to the negotiations Thursday. We know there are a lot of folks just insuring themselves and we want them to get the best deal they can, but then we also dont want to put an undue burden on our families. Smulkowski estimated the higher benefit costs will add $56 to family plans, but that the salary increases should be enough to cover those costs. The district said covering 71 percent of the benefits package will cost taxpayers $335,000 and the step-increments for teachers will cost $300,000. http://jacefisherhouse.helphealfran.org/2016/07/31/background-questions-on-deciding-on-vital-factors-for-interviewInformation about how much the district will pay for the 2.3 percent salary increase was not available at press time. The two parties came to an agreement after taking turns caucusing six different times Thursday. Each time the groups sat down to pose a new offer, they were very cordial and made it clear they were all interested in coming to an agreement in a timely manner. Weve got a really good working relationship with the association and this kind of reiterates that, said Becky Ford, the districts assistant superintendent. Its been a really good process and were very pleased. The previous four meetings had focused more on the language of the contract and had hardly touched on salary and benefits. medical interview durhamThe district also agreed to hold a meeting during contract hours for its employees to learn about the benefits theyre receiving.
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