Janesville School board president apologizes for comment

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Thursday, September 16, 2010
— Janesville School Board President Bill Sodemann apologized Tuesday night after he made comments about the new teachers contract.

Sodemann was in the middle of an impassioned speech about what he saw as the overly generous pay and benefits when he said one of the provisions would benefit the union president and negotiator, Dave Parr.

Parr and other veteran teachers stand to gain thousands of dollars by changes in the teachers’ salary schedule, Sodemann said.

Later in the meeting, after reporters had left, Sodemann apologized, and he approached Parr to apologize personally.

“I did not mean to imply that it was a self-serving thing to have his salary raised that much or that it was happening to those on the high end (of the salary schedule),” Sodemann told the Gazette.

Negotiator Jim Reif pointed out at the meeting that the boost in salaries at the veteran end of the salary schedule is something that all teachers could look forward to.

Parr on Wednesday said he gets along with Sodemann even though he rarely agrees with him.

“I really don’t know what he meant by it, but I accept his apology, and we move on,” Parr said.

Last updated: 2:57 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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