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SRO Crowd Watches CSD Talks

It was probably the school district's most well attended contract negotiations. Seated before an audience of 250, the Coeur d'Alene School District finished up six weeks of teacher contract negotiations with the Coeur d'Alene Education Association union on Thursday. After hours of discussion and constant caucusing, the two entities addressed $3.2 million in anticipated revenue shortfalls, and approved an important agreement about the future of educators' contracts. "You were here. You saw an active and fair settlement was made amicably," said district Superintendent Hazel Bauman after the audience applauded the final decision. Equally significant was that the compromises made at Woodland Middle School were in front of a standing-room only audience of teachers, staff and citizens. That was possible because of the Students Come First legislation, passed by the 2011 state Legislature, that requires teachers salary negotiations be conducted in open meetings/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Does the amicable agreement reached in the Coeur d'Alene School District negotiations increase/decrease your faith in the School Board?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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