After four months of discussion and one and a half days of help from a federal mediator, the Logan Education Association (LEA) and Logan City School District have reached an agreement regarding teacher salaries.A motion designating a $1,000 one-time stipend to be paid to licensed employees in January was passed unanimously at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday. This stipend is in addition to another 4 percent stipend approved by the board weeks earlier. “We can move on, move ahead,” said Board President Fred Duersch when the motion was passed. Money for the stipend comes from a one-time Education Jobs Bill. As part of negotiations, the district will still pay for lane changes – salary increases based on employee’s education – and health care premiums, but teachers will not receive their desired steps. The mediator was needed after the district and LEA reached an impasse regarding steps, or scheduled raises in salary based on years with the district. The board believed using the one-time federal money for ongoing expenses, such as steps, was irresponsible, while the association wanted the board to honor the established salary schedule. “We’ve learned a lot over the process and it will allow us to be stronger in our communications this next year,” Superintendent Marshal Garrett said Tuesday. The board also agreed to include the LEA in step and lane discussions for next year’s salaries. The mediator will be back in the spring to teach both the district and LEA interest-based bargaining training to be used in future negotiations. – email@example.com
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