Negotiations appear nearly complete for a new agreement between the Logan School District and it’s teachers. Teachers in city schools have worked for several weeks without it. “We have reached a tentative agreement within the last three weeks with teachers and classified employees. We feel very good about the terms,” said District Business Administrator is Zane Woolstenhulme. He said there were no cost of living adjustments in the budget this year for teachers. “They were given what are called steps and lanes based on their experience but teachers who have topped out on the salary schedule did not see any increase. Steps refers to experience and lanes refers to education experience, such as for a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree earned by a faculty member.” Woolstenhulme said indications are there are more challenging times ahead. “I think we haven’t seen the last of the cuts. We are looking every day at things we might do better, more effectively, anticipating future budget cuts. I think that’s going to part of our modus operandi for the next several years. “We cut over $2 million out of our current budget and reduced our fulltime teaching equivalant last year by about 15 positions, mostly on the secondary level. In doing that we were able to save money we needed to operate within the funds we were allotted from the legislature.” There can’t be many more times $2 million can be cut from the district’s budget. “No, we’re pretty nervous about that. We already feel that we’re into the flesh and if we have to do that again we may be into the bone.” District leaders are now waiting for teachers to ratify the negotiated agreement.
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