Teachers union to consider offer from Janesville School Board

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Saturday, September 10, 2011
— Local teachers will meet Monday to consider a new offer from the Janesville School Board.

The offer involves a change in the teachers contract that would save the financially strapped district money, said board President Bill Sodemann.

The board met behind closed doors Friday morning and voted 8-0 to send the offer in a letter to Janesville Education Association President Dave Parr.

Parr confirmed he received the letter Friday. He would not divulge its contents, saying that teachers should see it first.

Sodemann said the letter makes ďa specific offer,Ē but he would not reveal what the offer is. He said the offer involves contract negotiations, which can be kept from the public under the provisions of state open-government law.

And, the board should not be negotiating through the news media, Sodemann said.

The unionís Representative Assembly will meet Monday evening. It will hear Sodemann discuss the offer and ask him questions, Parr said.

The Representative Assembly comprises about 50 teachers, each of whom represents about 15 of their colleagues to the union, Parr said.

The RA, as it is called, was already scheduled to meet and discuss the school boardís previous overture, so the new offer will be added to the discussion, Parr said.

Parr said the RA could decide to send the offer to the membership for a vote, but a more likely action would be to instruct the unionís leadership to discuss the offer with the board.

The school board was split about the particulars of the offer. A second vote was 4-3, with one abstention, to approve the letterís contents.

Voting in favor of the offer that was approved were Sodemann, Kristin Hesselbacher, Karl Dommershausen and Scott Feldt. Voting against it were Kevin Murray, Peter D. Severson and Greg Ardrey. DuWayne Severson abstained.

Board member Lori Stottler did not attend the meeting.

Parr and the unionís executive board on Aug. 29 rejected a school board request to discuss reopening the contract during what Parr described as an ďarduousĒ discussion.

Last updated: 6:22 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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