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School talks in Clinton to continue in January

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ANN MARIE AMES
December 16, 2007
— Negotiations between the Clinton School Board and the Clinton Education Association will continue in January.

Offers in the contract talks for the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school years include:


-- The teachersí unionís most recent offer is for a 4.5 percent total package increase this year and a 4.4 percent increase next year. The offer includes a change in plans within the districtís Wisconsin Education Association Council insurance coverage.


-- The district has made two offers. One includes a 4 percent total package increase for both school years and the same insurance plan change. The second is a 4.2 percent increase both years with a change in retirement health insurance benefits for new teachers.


Currently, when a Clinton teacher retires at age 57, the district pays for eight years of health insurance at a capped rate, district Business Administrator Kathy Zwirgzdas said.


In an attempt to curb retirement benefit costs, the district would like to offer a $2,000 annual payment into an HRA for new hires, Zwirgzdas said.



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