June 16, 2011
The Wichita School Board and the United Teachers of Wichita have reached a tentative contract agreement.
Teachers will receive no raise for the fourth year in a row because of budget cuts. They are currently under a salary freeze. The union said it tried to create room in the budget for unfreezing some of the salary issues and it tried to focus on other issues, such as interruptions during teaching, testing conditions for the students and handling student misbehavior.
"We were very disappointed to discover the board had no interest in assisting teachers with these issues," union officials said.
The school district said it did however increase classroom preparation time at the beginning of the school year for teachers, and employees will have no increase in contribution for health care.
"Our people are our most important asset, and when the Board has had fund available to increase compensation for our employees we have mad that a priority," said Board President Connie Dietz.
Teachers will vote on the tentative agreement in August.