COEUR d'ALENE - Observers of teacher contract talks Thursday in Coeur d'Alene might say the honeymoon is over for the Coeur d'Alene School District's newest trustees and new superintendent.
During a three-hour negotiating session at Lakes Magnet Middle School, the discussion veered away from the usual bargaining table topics of budget, salaries and benefits. Talk turned tense, following a financial presentation and proposal by the Coeur d'Alene Education Association's negotiating team.
"The proposal that you're making, I don't think it does anything to balance the budget as we're legally required to do," said board chair Tom Hearn
Hearn said he understands that teachers have gone without a raise for several years, but he acknowledged that most of them kept their jobs during the recent recession, unlike many in the private sector. Full story. Maureen Dolan, CdA Press