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Associated Press, Published August 07 2013

Williston teachers, district continue negotiations

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Williston Public School District No. 1 and the district's teacher's union are continuing contract negotiations as the school year approaches.

The Williston Herald reports that the board has proposed a $1.5 million increase in salaries, keeping the same $33,000 base salary but increasing pay in three of the lower cells of the matrix. Teachers in higher standing would not receive additional pay under that structure.

The Williston Education Association has countered with an offer of $39,000. It says it will consider the board's proposal and respond later.

Another contentious issue is sick leave. The board wants to cap sick day accumulation at 120, with any excess days being paid out at the end of a school year.

The WEA says the district is lowering the benefit.

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Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.