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Published September 03, 2010, 09:34 PM

Larimore Education Association and School Board Declare Impasse

This year the Teachers and the school board in Larimore are finding a hard time coming to terms when it comes to teachers salaries and benefits.

This year the Teachers and the school board in Larimore are finding a hard time coming to terms when it comes to teachers salaries and benefits. Teachers have met with the school board 11 times this summer and there has been no agreement which puts them at Impasse.

Despite meeting eleven times, the Larimore Education Association and the School board could not come up with an agreement on teachers salaries and benefits.

Julie Pearce who is the negotiator for the teachers in Larimore says "We want a package that is going benefit and keep our high quality teachers and attract new quality teachers to our school district and by doing that is going to benefit our kids."

Now, The School board and the Larimore Education Association will have to send their proposed packages to Bismarck where a mediation panel will look over their information and come up with recommendations.

"Some schools will be a little lower in salary and will be higher in benefits and it gets difficult to compare but the base is the first thing prospective teachers will look at" says Roger Abby the Larimore school district superintendent.

So far the school board is offering an average increase of 4.6 percent. But new teachers would get a larger percentage increase in pay and benefits than veteran teachers. Though all this negotiation, teachers hope to have no ill feelings from anyone.

"The student teacher relationship teachers administration teachers school board should not effect anything this is a process we have to go through. Each year we negotiate some year we reach and agreement some years we don't" Pearce says.

Abby says when the do come up with an agreement this year they will have to start all over again next year.

Abby says "Every year is a new year the legislature is going to meet again next year so next year is going to be a whole new set of negotiation issues, these are the negotiation issues we have this year and this is what we work with."

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