Sioux City teachers looking at possible supplemental pay cut
Iowa Lawmakers have approved a small raise in funding for K-12 education in the coming year, but Sioux City teachers are staring at a possible pay cut.
That's the district's latest offer to the local teacher's union in their ongoing negotiations.
At a meeting yesterday, the District proposed making a major cut in supplemental pay for many middle and high school teachers.
This proposal would cost the average middle school and high school teacher about $4,800 a year.
The cuts would affect roughly 300 of the district's 900 teachers. It's all part of annual contract negotiations between the District and the teacher's union.
Union Regional Director Brenda Zahner says the supplemental pay is a good deal for the district because the district doesn't have to hire additional teachers who would be paid a salary and receive benefits.
She says, "I worry about the effects that it will have on morale and on employees. Like I said, it's hard to maintain that kind of cut to your household budget."
The Union is seeking a 3.5 percent raise for teachers while the district is offering a flat $100 increase to base salary.
Zahner says, ""I think we have a reputation in Sioux City for having great teachers and we're fearful. We want to maintain those teachers and this isn't the way to do it."
Zahner says there will be a closed meeting next week between the two sides. She's hopeful they'll come to a resolution.
We also reached out to Superintendent Paul Gausman... but he has not responded to our request for comment tonight.
According to the Sioux City Journal, these cuts would affect roughly 300 teachers and take away money paid for extra duties completed beyond their normal responsibilities, which saves the district money by not employing other teachers to do that work.
They're now looking to take away that extra pay, saving the district around $4,800 dollars per teacher.
It's all part of the annual contract negotiations between the District and the teacher's union.
The Union is seeking a 3.5 percent raise for its teachers, while the district is offering a flat $100 increase to base salary.
Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman and the district's attorney both say there's not a ton of extra state money coming to the district and think the proposal is fair considering the available funds.
We reached out to both Superintendent Gausman and the Siouxland teacher's union, but they were not available for comment.