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Board Ratifies Employee Contracts

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board approved contracts with its two employee unions for the 2011-12 school year on Monday, Sept. 12.

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board approved contracts with its two employee unions for the 2011-12 school year on Monday, Sept. 12.

No cost of living increases or higher contributions to health care premiums were granted to either the Dallas Education Association, which represents teachers, or Oregon School Employees Association Chapter 34, representing classified employees.

Dallas School District Superintendent Christy Perry noted that while there was no decrease in salary in the staff contacts, there was 10 days cut from the school year, which amounts to a 6.5 percent decrease in pay.

"All of our staff members have taken that reduction," Perry said.

Among the changes made to the contract with the DEA that didn't involve salary and benefits were two provisions involving district funding and budgeting:

* The district and DEA agreed to use a collaborative process in the event the district decides cuts are necessary in the current year -- such as cutting more school days.

* An agreement that the district would use any money in excess of the budgeted $1.3 million beginning balance to add back staff or school days.

Negotiations with OSEA involved only salary and benefits. No salary increases were granted unless employees were eligible for a salary step increase. The contract was amended to allow part-time employees to purchase district health insurance, however the district would make no contribution to premiums.

Both associations had ratified the contracts before Monday's meeting, so the school board's vote finalized the agreements.

In other business, the DEA has requested a discussion with the district about adding more staff to assist in classrooms and adding back one of the school days cuts from the schedule. Additional school days would have to be approved by the board.

In other district business:

* Oakdale Heights will host an open house on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m.

* LaCreole Middle School will host an open house on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m.

* The time and location of the board's next meeting on Monday, Sept. 26, has been changed. The board will meet at 3 p.m. at Dallas High School, 1250 SE Holman Avenue.

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