Kaneland in talks to discuss salary contracts

By on March 7, 2014

KANELAND—The Kaneland Education Association is in talks to discuss its salary contracts for the next school year.

According to Kaneland Superintendent Dr. Jeff Schuler, the Kaneland School Board and Kaneland Education Association have entered into collective negotiations. Both parties are negotiating using Interest Based Bargaining to work out the third year of teacher contracts that will expire June 30, 2015.

Schuler spoke favorably about Interest Based Bargaining.

“It’s a process we’re committed to,” he said. “It’s just something we feel has worked well for us as we’ve worked through this bargaining process in the past.”

The three-year teacher contract became effective July 1, 2012. KEA had agreed that the first year of the contract would entail a salary freeze. The second year resulted in an overall 2.7 percent increase. By Jan. 1, 2015, teachers are to receive health insurance deductibles that increase by $500 and $900 for single and family coverage, respectively.

The majority of the Kaneland School Board had approved a tax levy increase last December, with the requested amount at $52,210,825.

Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs, assistant superintendent for business for Kaneland, had noted in a previous report that the levy amount would provide programs, services, operating costs and other expenditures for 2014-15.

So is there now room to give salary increases to Kaneland teachers?

“I think the financial projections certainly suggest that we’ve got the opportunity to make some decisions about how we allocate resources,” Schuler said.