Forum News Service, Published August 27 2013
Valley City School District to start school without teacher contracts in placeVALLEY CITY, N.D. – School here will start without teacher contracts in place.
Mediators have been called in to help the school board and teachers association here agree on a budget.
A spokeswoman for the Education Association said teachers’ frustration stems from the board finalizing a school budget in the midst of negotiations.
Superintendent Dean Koppelman said the school board has agreed to disagree with the education association, a group made up of teachers.
He said the concerns regard contract language, salary and insurance.
Kathy Lentz, a spokeswoman for the Valley City Education Association said the board did not try to negotiate with the teacher group.
Lentz told WDAY-TV that the board approved a final budget midway through negotiations.